Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Is lemon balm really a good treatment for herpes?
A: More commonly known in the United States as lemon balm, Melissa officinalis is widely sold in Europe as a topical cream for the treatment of genital and oral herpes. Its leaves give off a delicate lemon odor when bruised.
Melissa cream appears to be helpful in the treatment of genital and oral herpes. It can be applied only at the first sign of blisters or on a regular basis for the prevention of flare-ups. However, there is no evidence that melissa cream will stop you from infecting another person.
You may find the specially formulated Traditions of Tao product “HerpEase” to be helpful for herpes. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.