Lemon Balm for Herpes

Lemon Balm for Herpes

Lemon balm is a herbaceous plant that is native to Southern Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean region. It is known for its fragrant leaves that have a distinct lemon scent, and it has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. One of the most notable benefits of lemon balm is its ability to help treat herpes, a viral infection that affects millions of people worldwide.

Fortunately, there are natural remedies available that can help manage the symptoms of herpes, including lemon balm. Lemon balm contains antiviral properties that can help inhibit the growth and spread of the herpes virus. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness and swelling associated with herpes outbreaks.

One study published in the journal Phytomedicine found that a cream containing lemon balm extract was effective in reducing the healing time of cold sores caused by HSV-1. Another study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research found that lemon balm essential oil was effective in reducing the severity of genital herpes outbreaks caused by HSV-2.

To use lemon balm for herpes, there are several options available. One option is to apply a cream or ointment containing lemon balm extract directly to the affected area. Another option is to brew a tea using dried lemon balm leaves and apply the tea to the affected area using a cotton ball or cloth. Lemon balm can also be taken in capsule or tincture form, although it's important to consult with a healthcare provider before taking any supplements.

It's worth noting that while lemon balm can be effective in managing the symptoms of herpes, it is not a cure for the virus. Anyone with herpes should continue to practice safe sex and take other precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

In conclusion, lemon balm is a natural remedy that can help manage the symptoms of herpes, thanks to its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Whether applied topically or taken orally, lemon balm can be a helpful addition to a herpes treatment regimen. As always, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider before using any new treatments or supplements.


  1. Koytchev R, Alken RG, Dundarov S. Balm mint extract (Lo-701) for topical treatment of recurring herpes labialis. Phytomedicine. 1999;6(4):225-230. doi:10.1016/s0944-7113(99)80054-1

  2. Schnitzler P, Schuhmacher A, Astani A, Reichling J. Melissa officinalis oil affects infectivity of enveloped herpesviruses. Phytomedicine. 2008;15(9):734-740. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2008.04.018

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