Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Common Names: Melissa, Sweet Balm, Balm mint, bee balm, blue balm
Melissa officinalis is a lemon-scented perennial in the Lamiaceae family with serrated heart-shaped leaves. For centuries, lemon balm has been used for its beneficial properties and has been highly esteemed for its emotional and spiritual effects. Melissa has traditionally been used as a gentle nervine and in baths to support healthy skin. It is often used to promote a sense of calm and can be brewed into a citrusy lemon balm tea, incorporated into other herbal tea blends, and included in body care recipes.
Used to calm the heart and the body, lemon balm with its delicate lemony flavor uplifts the spirit.
Lemon balm was traditionally used to uplift the spirits. This herb was used in spells to heal broken hearts and also to attract romantic love. A bath in lemon balm tea was believed to support heart health and to promote healthy skin.