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Lemon Balm Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium

Home AHP Projects Support AHP’s Monograph Development Lemon Balm Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium
  • FUNDED $10,795
  • NEEDED $30,623
  • GOAL $41,418
  • FUNDED 26%


Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) is proposing to develop an AHP Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium for Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). Modern research has focused on the relatively new use of lemon balm as an antiviral as apposed to it traditional use as a carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge and anxiolytic. Lemon balm is a much underutilized and undervalued herb that is powerfully effective as an anxiolytic and topical antiviral.

We have identified a group of researchers in Iran with whom to collaborate who have dedicated a considerable amount of time to the chemical and pharmacological study of lemon balm. AHP always seeks specific experts with the botanical to be monographed and are grateful for the collaborators found.

We hope you will sincerely consider making a contribution to this important work. For herbal products manufacturers, we invite companies with lemon balm expertise to review various sections of the monograph and will be listed as a reviewer. We encourage sponsors to press release their support of the monograph at the time of sponsorship and again when the monograph is released. In addition, you would be able to include your sponsorship on your website, in presentations, and publications. If you make a lemon balm product and your material meets the standards established in the monograph, you would be able to promote your product as lemon balm (AHP) denoting that you meet an independent standard, which will set it apart from others in the industry. For individuals wishing to contribute, you will be participating in the furtherance of our knowledge base on herbal medicine for future generations, and very fitting for this important underutilized botanical.


Roy Upton, President
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Table of Contents


  • Botanical Nomenclature
  • Botanical Family
  • Pharmaceutical Nomenclature
  • Definition
  • Common Names


  • Botanical Identification
  • Macroscopic Identification
  • Microscopic Identification




  • Clinical Efficacy and Pharmacodynamics
  • Actions
  • Medical Indications Supported by Clinical Trials
  • Medical Indications Supported by Traditional or Modern Experience
  • Substantiation for Structure and Function Claims
  • Dosages

International Status


Commercial Sources & Handling

  • Collection
  • Cultivation
  • Handling and Processing
  • Drying
  • Storage
  • Qualitative Differentiation
  • Adulterants
  • Preparations
  • Environmental Sustainability


  • Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC/HPTLC)
  • Quantitative Standards

Safety Profile

  • Side Effects
  • Contraindications
  • Interactions
  • Pregnancy, Mutagenicity, and Reproductive Toxicity
  • Lactation
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Influence on Driving
  • Precautions
  • Overdose
  • Treatment of Overdose
  • Toxicology
  • Classification of the American Herbal Products Association



Lemon Balm Monograph

$2,510 of $41,418 raised

* Please note: The full sponsorship goal of the Lemon Balm Monograph project is $41,418. If you would like to give the full sponsorship amount, please contact us and we’ll send you an invoice.

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Donation Total: $50.00