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Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Origin: USA


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Melissa officinalis, a lemon-scented perennial belonging to the Lamiaceae family, features distinctively serrated heart-shaped leaves. Lemon balm has a long history of use, revered for its beneficial properties and its profound impact on emotions and spirituality. Traditionally, Melissa has been employed as a gentle nervine and incorporated into baths to support healthy skin. It is commonly known for its calming effects and can be brewed into a citrusy lemon balm tea, blended with other herbal teas, or utilized in various body care recipes.


Lemon balm, renowned for its delicate lemony flavor, has been cherished since ancient times for its ability to soothe the mind and body. It has been used to sweeten jams and jellies, add a refreshing touch to salads, and enhance the flavors of fish, poultry dishes, and liqueurs. Moreover, lemon balm finds its way into the creation of perfumes, cosmetics, and furniture polishes. It is commonly enjoyed as a tea, often combined with other relaxing herbs such as valerian, used as an essential oil, and incorporated into topical ointments.


Native to the Mediterranean, as well as parts of North Africa, Asia, and Europe, lemon balm is a lemon-scented perennial featuring serrated heart-shaped leaves and clusters of small blue, yellow, or white flowers, which are characteristic of many plants in the Lamiaceae family. It is widely cultivated and naturalized in temperate regions worldwide.

The use of lemon balm can be traced back thousands of years to the ancient Romans and Greeks. One of its earliest recorded applications was as a wine-infused liniment. Dioscorides, a Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist who practiced in Rome during the 1st century and authored the herbal De Materia Medica, mentions this usage. Ayurvedic medicine also employed lemon balm in a similar manner. St. Hildegard of Bingen, an herbalist and nun born in 1098 C.E. in present-day Germany, remarked that "Lemon balm contains within it the virtues of a dozen other plants." Nicholas Culpeper, a botanist, physician, and author of the Complete Herbal (1653), suggested that dried lemon balm could be combined with honey to create a fine 'electuary.' Culpeper associated lemon balm with the planet Jupiter and the zodiac sign Cancer, attributing it to the water element and its influence on emotions.


Lemon balm was traditionally employed to uplift the spirits, as Culpeper mentioned, as some of its properties were believed to have a spiritual nature. It was used in spells to heal emotional wounds and attract romantic love.


According to the ancient Azerbaijani folk medicine practices described in the Tibbname, lemon balm tea baths were believed to support heart health and promote healthy skin. It was common to use lemon balm externally or internally for its relaxing effects. Melissa officinalis and its relative, M. parviflora, have also been utilized in Ayurveda for calming the stomach and balancing mood, while Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers it energetically cooling and drying. Herbalist Matthew Wood suggests that "melissa will generally calm most people." Carmelite water, known as 'eau des Carmes' in France, was a distilled alcoholic digestive tonic containing lemon balm, lemon peel, nutmeg, and angelica root. This formula was created by the Carmelite nuns of the Abbey of St. Just in the 14th century and was used for centuries in Europe to support healthy digestion.

The generic name, Melissa, is derived from the Greek word for 'honeybee,' reflecting the bee's affinity for this wonderfully scented herb. In ancient mythology, a group of nymphs called 'melissai' was credited with the discovery of honey. Bees were considered their symbol, and it was believed that they could transform into bees. Legend has it that a swarm of these nymph-bees guided wanderers to the ancient land of Ephesus (now Turkey) during their transformation.


No known precautions. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.


This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.

Lemon Balm

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