Melissa officinalis, known as lemon balm, balm or balm mint, is a perennial herb in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to south-central Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean region, and Central Asia.
Lemon balm seeds require light and at least 20°C (70°F) to germinate. Lemon balm grows in clumps and spreads vegetatively, as well as by seed. In mild temperate zones, the stems of the plant die off at the start of the winter, but shoot up again in spring. Lemon balm grows vigorously and should not be planted where it will spread into other plantings.
Benefits of Melissa
- Grave’s Disease
- Mental Clarity, Concentration and Relaxation
- Herpes and Anti-viral Properties
- Thyroid and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia
How to prepare
Add boiling water to a half table spoon of dryied thyme and wait for 4-5 minutes then filter. 2-3 cups a day is ideal.