April 2, 2015

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Lemon Balm

What is Lemon Balm?

Lemon Balm (official name Melissa officinalis) is a considered to be a calming herb, and belongs to the mint family. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce discontentment, promote sleep, support appetite, and help support digestions.

What is Lemon Balm used for?

Lemon balm is commonly used for its calming effects it is thought to produce. People often take Lemon balm for discontentment, sleep problems, and restlessness.2

How does lemon balm work to help dog discontentment and stress?

Scientific studies suggest that lemon balm helps reduce stress by inhibiting the enzyme GABA transaminase which increases the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain.  GABA has a calming and anti-discontentment effect on the brain.

What kind of Lemon Balm is used in Relax?

The lemon balm used in Relax is Cyracos.  Cyracos is manufactured by the French owned company, Naturex.  Naturex is an eco-friendly company that grows and manufactures their products with care.  Cyracos lemon balm is grown, harvested, manufactured in France, and then imported to the United States.  Cyracos lemon balm contains hydorxycinnamic acids and rosmarinic acid, both antioxidants that are used as tracer molecules in the lemon balm to guarantee its quality.  Naturex guarantees that the Cyracos lemon balm is free of genetically modified organisms, allergens, dioxins, or mycotoxins.

Is lemon balm safe for animal use?

Experiments have proven that high doses of lemon balm in animals are not toxic.  Lemon balm is also used in human formulations.  The NASC scientific advisory ingredient risk assessment places lemon balm as a category B ingredient, which is the category for supplements expected to have minimal risk (the safest category for supplement ingredients).