Drought tolerant: Maybe
Other Uses: attracts bees
Medicinal Uses: anti-depressant, antibacterial, antispasmodic., antiviral, carminative, digestive stimulant, insect repellent, mild sedative, relaxant, relaxes peripheral blood vessels
Flood tolerant: No
Zone hardiness: 9
Physical characteristics: Bushy
History: Cultivated in the Mediterranean region for 2,000 years. A definite bee attracting plant it was melisophyllon (melissa:bee and phyllon: leaf) to the Greeks. It was commonly rubbed on behives to encourage honey production.
Infusion: Take for depression, nervuous exhaustion, indigestion, nausea, and the early stages of colds or influenza. Best made with fresh leaves.
Tincture: has a similiar but stronger action to the infusion. Best from fresh leaves. Small doses (5-10) drops are usually more effective.
Compress: Use a pad soaked in the infusion to relieve painful swellings such as gout
Ointment: Use for sores, insect bites, or to repel insects.
Safe for children and babies
Main action is as a tranquilizer. Calms a nervous stomach, bloating, colic, or heart spasms. Relaxing tonic for anxiety, mild depression, restlessness, and insomnia.
Lemon balm is mentioned in the scientific journal Endocrinology, where it is explained that Melissa officinalis exhibits antithyrotropic activity, inhibiting TSH from attaching to TSH receptors, hence making it of possible use in the treatment of Graves' disease or hyperthyroidism