Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon Balm

Mood elevating and immune supportive herb

Use of the calming aromatic herb lemon balm stretches back 2,000 years. Hipppocrates, Culpeper, the Roman Emperor Charlemagne, and the British bard William Shakespeare hailed its medicinal properties. Calmelite nuns in the 17th Century developed a recipe that is still in use today as a digestive tonic. Lemon balm can be both calming and uplifting. Plus, it’s delicious and works particularly well in partnership with other herbs.

Most people are familiar with lemon balm as a common culinary herb. Bees love it too, as it nourishes them with nectar and acts to prevent swarming. Herbalists and scientists note this relaxing effect works on humans too, as lemon balm is classified as a nervine, meaning it soothes and supports the nervous system.