Lemon balm is a herb which is widely known for its therapeutic qualities. It belongs to the family of Labiatae, or else the mint family. Its leaves look like those of mint but they produce a pleasant smell of lemon.
The essential oil of lemon balm is distilled from the plant’s leaves which have a soft, sweet smell with a note of honey and lemon. Its qualities are the same as those of the plant’s leaves but it is more powerful.
More specifically, the lemon balm essential oil:
• Acts as anti-depressant and sedative
• Helps relieve stress
• Helps insomnia
• Regulates blood pressure
• Acts against viruses
• Fights infections, mycosis, eczema
• Benefits the cardiovascular system
• Has anti-oxidant, anti-ageing, and anti-wrinkle qualities
• It regulates the digestive system, helps treat nausea and indigestion
• It has excellent qualities for use in the beauty industry
In the Middle Ages, people used it to make an elixir of youth. It is said that Charlemagne, recognizing its precious properties, ordered its cultivation in the gardens of the monasteries. In the 16th century, the Swiss alchemist Parakelsos called it, an elixir of life. In the 17th century the Carmelite monks made the beverage “eau de melissedes carmes” by mixing melissa with coriander, lemon peel, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. They drank it to relieve headaches and for longevity.
HISTORY & TRADITION
Melissa has always been the favorite plant of beekeepers. It has been known since ancient times and was used for many purposes.
Dioscorides suggested the use of leaves of melissa for healing wounds and added the plant into wine in order to cure various diseases.
Plinios used it to stop bleeding.
In the 10th century, Arab doctors recommended it to cure anxiety and nervousness.
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