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Can Lemon Balm help with Weight Loss and skin aging?

Clinical studies prove that the uses for lemon include fat loss, skin elasticity, and more. In this article, I discuss how it changed my life and in what ways.

Just a few days ago, I wrote about how Lemon Balm helped my anxiety. It's been an amazing addition in my life, but I have been eating/drinking it for awhile now and there have been other changes.
Lemon Balm weight loss skin improvements
Whenever we think about how something effects a person, remember that we are all different. What works for me, might not work for you. But on balance, scientific studies show that lemon balm tea benefits anxiety. Take a peek at a few studies here:

Clinical studies in humans have shown that lemon balm is effective for anxiety and traditional medicine has regarded lemon balm as a common treatment for neurological and mood disorders.

What about weight loss and what does it do to the skin? First, I'll give you my account and then I will share what the scientists have to say.

Because I had such intense weakness for over 3 years, I didn't exercise. Well, I tried....but it wasn't productive. I had become smushy and flabby. Just part of getting older, right? Wrong. Lemon balm was part of the process to getting my body back into action. I could exercise because I wasn't feeling weak all the time. Granted, I had to start back at zero, but starting is the hardest and most important step.

It's been 6 months since I started taking lemon balm and exercising again (6 months) - I have lost 5 pounds. Not huge, but I am in the "normal weight range." From 130lbs to 125lbs. The weight loss happened in about a month and has held steady for the past 5 months. But....even though my weight has stayed around the same, my body has changed tremendously. I am stronger. Way stronger. I was stuck doing just 1 pull up at a time. Now I can do 3. When I weighed 108 pounds, I could put up reps of 10-13. I am heavier now (and female) so the mechanics of putting up even 3 pullups at 17 pounds heavier and 10 years older, is amazing.

My legs, arms and abs are much more tone. I lost most of the cellulite in my legs and I can feel how much more solid my legs and arms are - they were smooshy before.

What about skin? Okay...be advised that I am in my 40s and of northern european descent. Age just keeps rolling by and it leaves it's tracks on your face. I think I look about the same in terms of facial wrinkling, but I think my skin looks more fresh and glowy. It might help that I have actually been able to sleep for the past 6 months (thank you lemon balm!)

But I am hard on myself and I see only my flaws when I look in the mirror. I'm working on it, but old habits die hard. What I think is most impressive is the comments I have received from others. Nobody knows I have done anything differently, but my closest friend and my daughter have both commented that my skin looks so good lately. They've commented on my bright blue eyes (which are the same eyes I have owned for 40+ years without anyone noticing) and on how "good" I have been looking lately. Neither of them are seeing me in swimwear, shorts, dresses, or anything that would give away the body composition changes, and nobody has commented on my body.

Maybe it's only because of the increased sleep (Hallelujah for that!!!) but I'll take it. Read down below to see what clinical studies have to say.

Obesity, Diabetes, and Weight Loss:  

What these studies have show is that Lemon Balm can improve/prevent fatty liver disease, diabetes, and fat growth in mice models. Hopefully, they will start studying this in humans soon!





Skin effects: 

What these studies have shown is that Lemon Balm may improve skin elasticity, reduce oxidative stress, and provide protection from UVB light damage in humans and mice.

It's a great herb. For me, literally life changing. As I write this, it is spring in North America, and I just split my lemon balm plants for the season. One plant can easily become 2 or 3. It grows great (and even comes back after our harsh winters, zone 4 in case you are wondering.) It's easy to add to food or use in tea.
lemon balm for weight loss and anxiety

I started my lemon balm from seeds many years ago and the plant keeps giving and giving. My own  plants have not made flowers or seeds - I think because I am always splitting them and cutting off their leaves (for tea etc.)

Depending on your soil and weather, your plant may make enough leaves to last the whole year. Mine currently do. Dry the leaves for winter, or freeze them into ice cube trays with a bit of water.

Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.


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