(Melissa officinalis) Indigenous to the Mediterranean Sea region, and to river systems of Central Eurasia, this member of the mint family is used medicinally by itself, or as part of a combination of medicinal herbs, for problems of the digestive system, body pain and headaches, to calm anxiety, stress, to improve the mood and enhance the mental process.
Lemon Balm is a welcome addition to any tea collection, and has a full-bodied nourishing flavor with a subtle hint of citrus that goes well in combination with other adaptogens. Experiment to see what you feel complements this herb!
Intriguingly, recent scientific studies have found that daily use of Lemon Balm for 30 days “resulted in a significant improvement in plasma levels of catalase, and a marked reduction in plasma DNA damage”.
Recent research into the medicinal properties of Lemon Balm can be found at Wikipedia.