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Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis
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Traditionally used as a mild sedative to treat anxiety and insomnia and to generally “lift the spirits." The name Melissa is taken from the Greek word for “bee” because the fragrant plants attract these helpful pollinators and the leaves were rubbed on bee hives to keep these swarming insects together.

Clinical research indicates that topical application of Lemon Balm may be an effective treatment for cold sores. The historical use of lemon balm in relieving nervous and depressive disorders has also been evaluated by studies that found that Melissa officinalis extract improved calmness and memory performance during timed cognitive tests, while reducing anxiety and negative emotions associated with the testing.

(Information courtesy of Georgetown University Medical Center)

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