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name for several herbs, especially Melissa officinalis and Monarda didyma, both typical perennials of the family Labiatae (mint family) named for their fragrance, attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Melissa [Gr.
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a genus of perennial grasses of the family Labiatae. The small flowers have a two-lipped calyx and grow primarily in verticillate inflorescences located in the axils of the upper leaves. The fruit consists of four nutlike lobes. There are five species, growing in Eurasia. Of the two species found in the USSR, the lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has economic importance. It is strongly branched and measures 45-125 cm in height; its flowers are pale yellow, white, or pink. The lemon balm grows in the Crimea, the Caucasus, and Middle Asia, in forests, thickets, and weed patches and along forest edges. It is cultivated (in the USSR, primarily in the Ukraine) because it yields essential oils, nectar, and spice. Melissa frequently grows wild. The leaves and tips of the stems contain a lemon-scented essential oil, consisting of citral, myrcene, and geraniol. The oil is used as a flavoring and in the production of perfume, liqueur and vodka, and pharmaceuticals.


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But I have lost 10-and-a-half stones and I'm in a size six dress now," said Melissa, of Ouston, nearChester-le-Street,County Durham.
Crushing on these: Melissa's colorful Crush sandals Wu's Hailey sandal is also super-pretty, with its floral insole and crisscrossing straps.
It shocked Melissa so much that she threw herself into learning about exercise and nutrition, throwing out all of the fatty snacks and junk food from her house in the process.
"For him to try and get released - if that was me and if I'd killed Melissa the mother of my kids, the person I was supposed to have loved, if it was during a mental episode then surely when you came round you'd feel awful and you'd want to be punished."
Melissa with brother Liam, he found her body and a few months later took his own life after leaving as note saying he wanted to be with his sister
Melissa knew the president got a lot of letters, so she called a local billboard company to ask to have her letter put on a billboard.