Can melissa be toxic?
Herb lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), in appropriate medical uses, presents no toxicity, although you have to take into account a number of side effects and contraindications.
However, lemon balm essential oil is extremely toxic. Therefore, it is required to use it is well diluted.
Even diluted, it should not be taken in certain situations.
Why lemon balm essential oil is toxic?
A drawing of the plant
Melissa essential oil, which is extracted from the plant, is toxic because it presents a number of components with toxic properties. Among them, the most important are:
Protocatechuic acid: Toxic to the kidneys and liver
Methyl eugenol: narcotic
Eugenol: nerve, central nervous system depressant
Linalool: central nervous system depressant
Geraniol: emetic (vomit)
- Thymol: irritant
What are the symptoms of intoxication with essential oil of lemon balm?
Lemon balm essential oil is very toxic undiluted.
In large doses, it produces narcosis and it is considered a narcotic.
Doses above 2 g per day have produced hypotension, slow heartbeat and difficulty breathing.
Among the main symptoms which balm essential oil poisoning can cause, we include the following:
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19 March, 2019