This bushy little herb has square stems with summer flowers that progress from white or yellow to pale blue.
With delightfully lemon scented leaves, Lemon Balm is useful in so many ways from salads and liqueurs to tea and baths.
The tonic tea is mildly sedative and, as a wash for wounds, the tea promotes healing by starving the bacteria.
Very powerful Bee attractant in the garden as well.
30 fresh seeds $3.95
Degree of difficulty in germination.....3/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult)
Published December 5, 1984; Revised March 13, 1990
Name of Drug
Melissae folium, lemon balm, melissa.
Composition of Drug
Lemon balm contains the fresh or dried leaf of Melissa officinalis L. [Fam. Lamiaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.
The leaf contains at least 0.05 percent (v/w) essential oil based on the dried herb. Main components are citronellal, citral a, and citral b, as well as other mono- and sesquiterpenes. Other ingredients are tannins unique to the Lamiaceae, such as triterpenylic acid, bitter principles, and flavonoids.
Nervous sleeping disorders. Functional gastrointestinal complaints.
Interactions with Other Drugs
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Several times daily, 1.5 - 4.5 g of herb per cup of tea, as needed.
Mode of Administration
Comminuted herb, herb powder, fluid - extracts or dry extracts for teas and other galenical preparations. Ground herb and its preparations for oral use.
Note:Combinations with other sedative and/or carminative herbs may be beneficial.