Lemon Balm contains eugenol, which kills bacteria and has been shown to calm muscles and numb tissues. It also contains tannins that contribute to its antiviral effects, as well as terpenes that add to its soothing effects.
In scientific studies, lemon balm’s herbal properties has been shown to combat and heal cold sores due to the herpes virus. Applied to the affected area, lemon balm helps heal cold the sores in about 2-4 days. It also helps double the time between outbreaks.
There are three different forms of herpes:
Herpes Simplex Virus-1: The symptoms of HSV-1 herpes simplex infection are cold sores, fever with blisters occurring on the lips, the mouth and even, near the eyes.
Herpes Simplex Virus-2: The herpes simplex HSV-2 causes genital herpes. This type of herpes is characterized by fluid released from herpes blisters and sores near the genitals.
Herpes Varicella Zoster Virus: This type of herpes virus causes shingles and chickenpox. The infection in this case causes blisters on the abdomen,buttocks, face, arms and legs.
Lemon balm is also very useful on chicken pox and shingles. As both chicken pox and shingles are of the same virus family as herpes, it can be used for naturally healing the sores. Lemon Balm used topically, on the sores of chicken pox and shingles will help them heal much quicker than on their own.
Lemon balm should be avoided by those on thyroid medication as it is believed that the herb inhibits the absorption of this medicine. (Don’t despair, we do have a lemon balm free formula that possesses similar healing properties.)