Scientific name: Melissa officinalis
Parts used: Leaf
Origin: Used for thousands of years by ancient Greeks and Romans
The mystique that surrounds Lemon Balm is rich and spans thousands of years beginning in ancient Ephesus, known today as Turkey. Also used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, and was found throughout most of Europe by the Middle Ages.
The word “Melissa” comes from Greek for honeybee. With many magical attributes and cherished healing powers, Lemon Balm is known as the “calming herb” because of its mild sedative effect in people. Often combined with other soothing herbs, it promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety, and it is great mood booster.
Antioxidant rich, this herb holds an abundance of benefits for the skin, such as the ability to penetrate into the skin and protect against sun damage. Its anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties help to clear pores, heal breakouts, and bring healthy complexion.
Also widely known to eliminate bacteria and provide antiviral effects make Lemon Balm very effective ingredient in salves for treating infections. This topical ointment speeds the healing process of herpes outbreaks and inflamed sores.
As an herbal tea, lemon balm has traditionally been employed against bronchial inflammation, fever and toothache. It is an effective antispasmodic for upset stomach and helpful for bloating and gas.
Acne, Bloating, Cold Sores, Fever, Gas, Herpes, Infections, Sinus, Stress, Stomach Pain, Toothache
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