Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)

Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) has been described as a medicinal herb for centuries. In fact, alchemists called it the elixir of life. Helps with depression and insomnia. Reduces allergy symptoms.

The whole leaves of lemon balm are available.

Description

General Informations

Lemon Balm (Latin name Melissa Officinalis) belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is found in Europe and the Mediterranean countries, Iran and Central Asia. It is a perennial plant and blooms from June to October. Its flowers are white and store the juice of the plant inside. The plant can be used fresh or dried, for drying it is harvested just before or just after flowering.

Historical References

In ancient Greece, it was used for its medicinal properties. It is referred to as «μελισσόφυλον», which means the leaf of the bee because it attracted all the bees due to the juice it has inside its flowers. During the 7th century, it began to be used again in Spain and spread throughout the rest of Europe. During the Middle Ages, it was characterized as the “elixir of life”.

Health Benefits and Uses

The tea made out of this herb has an anxiolytic effect and reduces the symptoms of depression. At the same time, it is used in cases of colds and due to its soothing properties, it helps in the treatment of insomnia and in cases of headaches. It can also relieve period pains. It has polyphenols that fight herpes and give it anti-bacterial and antihistamine action. Therefore, it reduces the symptoms of allergies. Externally it can be used for both wounds and swelling.
The essential oil contains citronella, which calms the central nervous system. An alternative use is to act as a repellent for mosquitoes using crushed leaves.

Available Forms:

  • Leaves

Origin: E.U.

Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.