Melissa officinalis commonly known as lemon balm is a type of herb that has various medicinal properties. The Melissa oil or the lemon balm is used for treating various gastrointestinal problems, headaches, menstrual cramps, vomiting and various other health problems. Lemon balm is also used for aromatherapy for treating Alzheimer’s disease and also inhibits the growth of various harmful viruses that cause various harmful diseases. The Melissa oil is used to add a unique flavour to various food dishes.In spite of having so many positive effects of lemon balm, it is quite surprising to know that there are various serious side effects of the same that poses various health problems.
Here Are Some Serious Lemon Balm Side Effects:
1. Pregnancy Problem And Breast Feeding
Daily intake of Melissa oil or lemon balm is very much harmful during pregnancy because excessive use of lemon balm can cause irregular or abnormal activities of the reproductive organs and also stimulates the uterine contraction in females which might be harmful to the fetus and in some serious cases it might also lead to miscarriage. You should also avoid lemon balm when you are breastfeeding your child because they might lead to hypersensitive reactions or other complication in the child.
Lemon balm causes drowsiness if it is combined with other medications during or after surgery. You should actually stop taking lemon balm 2 weeks prior undergoing any kinds of surgery in order to prevent the drowsiness feeling.
3. Allergic Reaction
Some persons are prone to allergy with some kind of food product or the other. Lemon balm might cause some allergic reaction like itching, rashes, swelling etc. Any sort of allergic reaction must be medically taken care of by rushing to the doctor before it gets worse.
4. Gastrointestinal Disorder Like Diarrhea
Usually lemon balm is used for treating various gastrointestinal problems and digestion problems. But too much of lemon balm affects the digestive system very badly because it stimulates the digestive system which ultimately leads to diarrhea. Excessive intake of Melissa oil may also cause irritable bowel syndrome whose symptoms include abdominal pain, irregular bowel movements etc.
5. Drug Interaction
Through the recent research, it has been found that lemon balm interacts with thyroid medications. Hence person having thyroid should avoid taking the same.