Lemon Balm (Melissa)
Origin: South-central Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Iran, and Central Asia
Scientific Name: Melissa officinalis
Folk Names: Bee balm, common balm, honey plant, lemon balsam, Melissa, sweet balm, sweet balsam
Associated Celebrations: Deities: Artemis, Diana, Hecate, Kupala, Selene
Magical Properties: Healing (especially of emotional problems), fertility, comforting, love, success, harmony
Part Used: Flowers
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 79°C
Scent Type: Citrus
Perfume Note: Middle
Scent Description: Fresh, lemon-y scent
Lemon balm is calming and uplifting. Can be helpful with anxiety, depression, nausea, headaches. Lemon balm is also anti-fungal.
Blends well with: Basil, frankincense, lavender
May cause skin irritation and sensitisation, dilute double for topical application.
In the Garden
Light: Medium light
Water: Keep moist
Companion Planting: Lavender.
- Don’t water much over winter