Benefits of Lemon Balm for Hair Health

HK Vitals

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

When it comes to hair care, natural is always the best. There are plenty of natural care remedies you can use to solve your hair problem and improve the overall health and appearance of your hair. One such effective remedy is lemon balm. So, read on to learn how lemon balm benefits your hair health.

What is Lemon Balm?

Scientifically called Melissa officinalis, lemon balm is a herb belonging to the same family as mint. While it is native to North Africa, Europe and West Asia, it is widely grown globally. Growing up to a height of two feet, it produces a cluster of small yellow-colored flowers that grow where the stem meets the leaves. The herb is used either fresh or dried for various purposes. The lemon-scented leaves are often used for making food flavorings and medicines. Lemon balm has chemicals that have a soothing effect on the nervous system. It also has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. This potent herb has been used for centuries to boost cognitive function and improve mood. It has several other medicinal properties. The application of lemon balm for hair care has also gained popularity in recent times.  

How Does Lemon Balm Benefit Your Hair?

Possessing powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, lemon balm is a rich source of several flavonoids, vitamin C, thiamin and phytochemicals like phenolic acids, rosmarinic acid, terpenes and caffeic acids. When it comes to hair care, this herb is excellent for individuals who experience excess sebum production or have an oily scalp or hair. Its astringent properties help in eliminating oiliness and balance oil production in the scalp. The herb’s tannin content soothes inflammation and irritation of the scalp. 

Loaded with flavonoids, lemon balm acts as a strong antioxidant and prevents free radical damage to the hair and scalp, combating premature graying. The potent herb is high in  eugenol, which helps in killing bacteria on the scalp. Moreover, it is utilized for cleansing the scalp, eliminating fungal infections and treating scalp conditions like dandruff, dermatitis and eczema. It possesses a phytochemical called rosmarinic acid, which has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This compound helps in combating hair loss, thinning and balding. Additionally, it stimulates blood flow to weakened hair follicles and promotes hair growth. 

How to Use Lemon Balm for Hair?

There are many ways of using lemon balm for hair care. You can buy hair products infused with lemon balm to reap its benefits. Another option is to prepare your own lemon balm hair rinse. Just pour two cups of boiling water over three tablespoons of dried lemon balm and let it sit for eight hours. Then, strain the herb from the solution and use the remaining liquid as a hair rinse. Pour it over your head and thoroughly massage it into the scalp and hair. Use this hair rinse every time you wash your hair and watch it work its magic. 


Of the many lemon balm uses, its application in hair care has gained immense popularity over the years. Incorporating lemon balm into your hair care regimen can significantly benefit the overall health and appearance of your hair. This natural herb not only helps in balancing the production of the scalp’s natural oil but also combats hair loss and addresses hair problems like dandruff, baldness and eczema. You can either buy hair products containing this potent ingredient or make your own do-it-yourself (DIY) lemon balm hair rinse at home. 


HK Vitals


All Healthkart products are manufactured at FSSAI approved manufacturing facilities and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read product packaging carefully prior to purchase and use. The information/articles on HK Vitals ( or subdomains) is provided for informational purpose only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other healthcare professional. These statements are not ratified by any government agency and are for general guidance only.