Talk:Melissa officinalis

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About external links[edit]

Hello I would like to add some relevant info about melissa oficinalis (lemon balm) phytopharmacy from this external link http://aidwort.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82:lemon-balm-melissa-officinalis&catid=34:herbology&Itemid=55 Would it be okay? SilvijusAidwort (talk) 09:44, 8 October 2011 (UTC)

There is a related and centralized discussion about aidwort.com as a reliable source at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Plants#aidwort.com used as a reference for laundry lists. Consensus is clearly 'no', because it doesn't meet WP:RS. Some of the sources in the aidwort article might be usable. But aidwort.com is more like a wiki, or at best a self-published source (WP:USERGENERATED), and should never be used as a reference. We should use only academic, third-party sources, such as the PUBMED articles that are used at aidwort. Also, please see WP:COI if you are the registered owner of aidwort.com, which some online searching indicates to be a likely possibility. First Light (talk) 16:28, 8 October 2011 (UTC)

Untitled[edit]

I've used footnotes instead of (Author, Year). Hope that's ok. LeoTrottier 21:54, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

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Components of Melissa (oil)[edit]

I changed the components listed to be those quoted by a reliable analytical source as components of the essential oil by steam distillation. The previous list was inaccurate in as much as it listed geranial and citral separately although geranial is a part of citral, and the other part, neral, is not found in Melissa in significant amounts. Also, the previous list describes alcohols and aldehydes all as terpenes, which is incorrect. Cjsunbird (talk) 20:13, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

Medicinal Uses and Chemistry[edit]

The page currently quotes in section Medicinal Uses reference 11 to support the assertion that lemon balm can decrease the effectiveness of thyroxine - that is, lessen the attempt to reduce an overactive thyroid. However, this is actually referred to in the quoted article by the University of Maryland as anecdotal... However, if true, it could be a valuable caution. Paradoxically,under section Chemistry was the assertion that lemon balm could be used to treat Graves disease - that is, could reduce thyroid overactivity. For this there was no reference. I edited out this suggestion as it could possibly mislead sufferers. I prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to unsupported claims about complementary therapies... Cjsunbird (talk) 20:25, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

What's the connection to bee balm?[edit]

The first thing the article says is that lemon balm isn't to be confused with bee balm. What would cause someone to confuse it with bee balm? Is there some connection between the two? (Is it just the genus name "Melissa"?) Is that the most important thing about lemon balm? --Elysdir (talk) 04:39, 22 May 2012 (UTC)