Lemon balm is a perennial herbaceous plant of the mint family. Melissa, derived from the Greek word for Honey Bee, was once planted near hives, fruit trees and in vegetable gardens to encourage pollination and healthy harvests, with the lemon scented leaves acting as a powerful attractant for bees.
Lemon balm is a valuable herb to store in the winter months for use as a tea to treat cold and flu viruses, and has been used for centuries to improve cognitive performance.
Arabic physicians were known to use Melissa for the treatment of anxiety and depression, and today Lemon balm is used as a calming and soothing tisane for the treatment of sleeplessness and nervous stomach disorders in adults and children. Melissa is prescribed by herbalists for the relief of tension, headaches, irritability and for painful menstruation.
In recent studies conducted in Iran, radiology staff consumed an infusion of Melissa leaf for 30 days to assess the markers on oxidative stress. The infusion of 1.5gr of dried herb in 100ml of boiled water was consumed twice daily, resulting in a significant reduction of plasma DNA damage. (Toxicol ind Health 2011 : 205-212)
All the aerial parts of the plant yield an essential oil containing phenolic acid derivatives which contribute to the antiviral activity of lemon balm.
Used in low concentrations, 3 -4 drops in bath water or as a 1% dilution in massage oil, Melissa essential oil is soothing to both body and mind and a valuable oil in the treatment of eczema and other skin conditions.
Enjoy the calming and soothing benefits of this fragrant herb in our Fiori tisane.