What is it?
Lemon balm (Latin name: Melissa officinalis) is a type of mint. Its leaves have traditionally been used as a herbal remedy, including for depression and anxiety.
How does it work?
This is not known.
Is it effective?
There is no scientific evidence on whether lemon balm works for depression.
Are there any disadvantages?
Dietary supplements and herbal remedies may produce side effects or have negative interactions with prescribed medications or other supplements. Because there are no studies which have looked at the use of lemon balm for depression, we cannot say whether or not there are potential disadvantages.
Where do you get it?
Dried leaves are available at health food shops and can be made into a tea, or it can be bought in a ready-made tea form.
Given the lack of evidence on lemon balm, it cannot be recommended as a treatment for depression.
Last reviewed and updated: 1 December 2016