Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Balm (Lemon Balm)

Melissa officinalis;

Cure-All, Dropsy Plant, Honey Plant

Historically Used to Treat: mood disorders, depression, anxiety, insomnia, narcolepsy, cardiac symptoms, rabies, dysentery, bites and stings, gout, skin problems, upset stomach. A member of the mint family, balm was one of the first herbs brought to the Americas by colonists. Thomas Jefferson grew it at Monticello.

Let a syrup made of the juice of it and sugar . . . be kept in every gentlewoman’s house, to relieve the weak stomachs and sick bodies of their poor sickly neighbours. –Herbalist Nicolas Culpeper, 1652