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The sky is indeed the limit when we talk of all the loving benefits that nature could offer – from whatever concern you may have, sure that nature has the answer for it. May it be your beauty or health concern, nature sure won’t disappoint. With the continuous studies done by the experts, preserving all the gifts given by the nature is made possible. Thus allowing us all to reap all its benefits.
Having said that, did you know that there is a wonder herb that is just waiting to be discovered by you? Some may have known it already and to some, it might sound completely and utterly new.
The leaves of a lemon balm called, Melissa officinalis is a lemon-scented herb that originated with the same family as mint. The herb is said to be native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia but enormously grows around the world. This super herb is a staple of traditional European medicine because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with antibacterial properties that it possesses. The antioxidant qualities that this herb was further explored by this study published in the year 2016 making it your go-to skincare ingredient in addressing your skin concerns such as aging and acne. For your well-being, Melissa is also known to relieve an overactive mind thus providing a sense of balance.
Having said all these, how excited are you then to get to know this wonder herb more? Sit back and relax as we got you covered for the things you need to know about this wonder herb.
Melissa provides protects the skin from the environmental aggressors
Melissa is rich in antioxidants making it your skin-loving ingredient. Melissa contains natural antioxidants called caffeic acid, most commonly found in many vegetable products loaded with antioxidants that have the ability to increase collagen production and capacity to prevent skin’s premature aging, and ferulic acid that primarily works to boost the effects of other antioxidants. Those two mentioned are vital in keeping your skin young-looking as they help neutralize free radical damage caused by exposure to a variety of environmental aggressors.
Melissa keeps acne at bay
The appearance of unwanted acne has long been the dilemma of many. Good thing is, Melissa can do the wonder for you as it is loaded with antibacterial qualities that help cleanse your pores thereby lessening the appearance of acne and blackheads. Dealing with oily skin? The rosmarinic acid compound found in this super herb is the primary in charge of the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activities. It helps dry out the oily surface of your skin thus, saving you from that excess sebum production saving you from that unwanted breakouts.
Melissa can potentially improve someone’s cognitive function
Surprising is, turns out, Melissa is good for your well-being as well as it can help soothe symptoms of stress, helps someone relax, and boost someone’s mood.
This study published in the year 2014 explored the effects of Melissa leaves In improving someone’s cognitive function. Subjects were tasked to perform tasks involving memory, mathematics, and concentration. Subjects who ingested the super herb performed better compared to those who didn’t.
Melissa can help reduce anxiety
Dealing with anxiety? Melissa got you covered on that matter as well. This study published in the year 2014 explored the potential that Melissa leaves have in treating anxiety whereas, a sweetened water-based drink containing grams of melissa extract reduced stress and helps improve someone’s mood.
The study was further confirmed by doing the test with yogurt instead of water. The leaves’ rosmarinic acid content increases the levels of the brain’s neurotransmitter known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) the level of the brain that is believed to be associated with a mood disorder.
Have a hard time sleeping? Consider Melissa for that
The same property that makes Melissa your go-to herb in dealing with anxiety is the same property that makes it your go-to natural herb to improve your dilemma of having a hard time sleeping. Combining Melissa with other herbal leaves may help relieve restlessness and sleep. This study published in the year 2006 concluded that children who suffer difficulty sleeping experienced sleep improvement after taking 70-80 percent of a combined dose of Melissa and valerian, another herbal natural leaves.
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