The benefits of Lemon balm are vast and ancient. This member of the mint family with a lemony scent is known as the “calming herb.” It has been used for many years treating everything from nausea and viruses to improving cognitive function. Rubbing the leaves of Lemon balm on beehives is believed to increase the honey supply within. Rubbing the leaves on yourself can keep mosquitoes away. Considered a “cure-all” herb, it has been used for thousands of years in Europe, and Lemon balm tea has been known to be a drink of the Royal family to promote good health and long life.
Lemon balm is considered a nervine, an herb that relaxes, soothes, and supports the nervous system. It has been said to possess a sedative quality. It reduces gas, it’s antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-spastic, hypotensive, and can positively affect the thyroid. It also can create antioxidant activities. It is an effective treatment for headaches, indigestion, colic, nausea, nervousness, anemia, vertigo, syncope, malaise, insomnia, epilepsy, depression, psychosis, and hysteria. Lemon balm has been shown to relieve stress and reduce feelings of alertness, providing a sleepy-like calm. The list of benefits that have been reported and studied over the years is almost comical in its length.
Adding Lemon balm to our GI Distress makes perfect sense! First, it will be even more soothing to an inflamed digestive tract. Viruses, bacteria, and parasites that are often the cause of digestive issues will have less of a chance of proliferation. Lastly, it will reduce the anxiety and nervousness that so often accompanies animals that have been sick for weeks, months, or, sadly, even years. We are excited about this new and improved formula and can’t wait to hear about your pet’s results!