Anjou lemon balm and its leaf

Melissa officinalis L.

A quality sector and a wide range of extracts

NATINOV® s’approvisionne en mélisse officinale connue pour ses propriétés relaxantes et antioxydantes auprès des agriculteurs locaux. Cette NATINOV® sources lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), which is known for its relaxing and antioxidant properties, from local farmers. This proximity allows us to offer a wide choice of liquid or dry lemon balm extracts, titrated or ratio, in organic or conventional agriculture.

At the origin…

Lemon balm is a hardy herbaceous plant whose characteristic pleasant odour, which is strongly lemony, helps in its identification. It is found in the wild, here and there, in the hedges of temperate regions. Not widespread enough in its spontaneous state, it has been widely cultivated for centuries. An important point: drying lemon balm is difficult to do well due to the risk of browning.

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Phytochemistry of the leaf

The dry leaf of lemon balm mainly contains two families of polyphenols: Flavonoids and hydroxycinnamic acids. Among the latter, it is rosmarinic acid which constitutes the reference tracer compound.

Molécule d’acide rosmarinique

These polyphenols are soluble in hydroalcoholic mixtures, and a little less so in water. Therefore, these are the solvents used for the preparation of lemon balm extracts.

HPLC graph of rosmarinic acid (pic 8) from a lemon balm extract from our range

Traditional use

The consumption of lemon balm leaf is officially recognised in almost all of Europe for the traditional use of relieving mild gastrointestinal disorders such as bloating and flatulence. It is also used for symptoms of stress and to help with sleep (1, 2). Nowadays, lemon balm is mainly used in the form of dry aqueous or hydroalcoholic extracts. Daily doses required: 375-1,125 mg of dry extract (leaf/extract ratio: 4/1). References :

(1) Décret du ministère de la Santé italien sur la réglementation de l’utilisation de substances et de préparations à base de plantes dans les compléments alimentaires (2019). 09.01.2019, Annexe 1.

(2) European Medicine Agency ‘EMA’ (2013). Community herbal monograph on Melissa officinalis L., folium. 14.05.2013.

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