Melissa is a plant native to the Mediterranean Region and has been popularly referred to as the Bee Plant, the reason being obvious. However, that is not the sole cause of this plant’s popularity. It is famous particularly for its soothing, memory boosting and antidepressant powers, among others whose explanations can be found below.
History of Melissa
Melissa essential oil, also known as lemon balm oil, is used in traditional medicine to treat a number of health concerns, including insomnia, anxiety, migraines, hypertension, diabetes, herpes and dementia. Lemon Balm was dedicated to the goddess Diana, and used medicinally by the Greeks some 2,000 years ago. In the Middles Ages lemon balm was used to soothe tension, to dress wounds, and as a cure for toothache, skin eruptions, mad dog bites, crooked necks, and sickness during pregnancy. It was even said to prevent baldness. As a medicinal plant, lemon balm has traditionally been employed against bronchial inflammation, earache, fever, flatulence, headaches, high blood pressure, influenza, mood disorders, palpitations, toothache and vomiting. A tea made from Lemon balm leaves is said to soothe menstrual cramps and helps relieve PMS.
Latin name: Melissa officinalis L.
Origin: Europe and the Mediterranean
Permitted plant parts: leafs