Lemonbalm

Melissa officinalis

Lemonbalm

Lemonbalm is a very common plant in mediterranean countries. In Greece it can be found almost everywhere. It has a light lemon scent, is rich in nectar and thus it is cultivated for feeding bees. In the ancient years it was considered the elixir of youth and thus alchemists and priests would use it to produce suitable potions.

The ancient Greeks and Romans used it for healing wounds and snake bites, and the Arabs called it the “friend of the heart” implying in this way its properties. It is considered a species with inflammatory and antioxidant impact, it boosts the circulatory system and sooths sleeplessness and various conditions of the digestive system. Nowadays its use is very common in the industries of beverages, perfumes and pharmaceuticals.

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