Last update Oct. 17, 2022
Very Low Risk
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Melissa officinalis is Lemon Balm in Latin, botanical name.Is written in other languages:
Melissa officinalis is also known as
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Main tradenames from several countries containing Melissa officinalis in its composition:
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Leaves of plant are used. It contains essential oils (Citronella, Geraniol), flavonoids and tannins. Properties traditionally attributed but unproven are: antispasmodic, sedative, carminative and antiviral effects. It is used for relief of anxiety, insomnia, flatulence, abdominal spasms and topically to treat Herpes simplex. (Fitoterapia.net, Ghazizadeh 2021, Shakeri 2016, Astani 2014, EMA 2013, Vargas 2012, Hassanzadeh 2011, WHO 2010 y 2004)
At latest update, relevant information on excretion into breast milk was not found.
Herb which is widely used by many cultures even in pregnancy (Kennedy 2013) and to treat infant's colicky pain (Savino 2005). Since it is non toxic at appropriate dose, a moderate and occasional consumption is believed to be compatible while breastfeeding.
Despite some publications (Saejueng 2022, Wesolowska 2021, Foong 2020, Özalkaya 2018), no good evidence on effectiveness as galactogogue of any plant has been documented (McBride 2021, ABM 2018, Mortel 2013, Zapantis 2012), with the possible exception of fenugreek, torbagun and dates. The best galactagogue is frequent and at demand breastfeeding with correct technique in a self-confident mother. (ABM 2018 & 2011, Mannion 2012, Forinash 2012, O'Leary 1982)
Topical use is compatible while breastfeeding. Do not use on the breast, otherwise, do it after feeding the baby and cleanse thoroughly the surface before the next one.
Precautions when taking plant preparations (Anderson 2017, Powers 2015, Posadzki 2013, Efferth 2011, Kopec 1999, Hsu 1995):