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lemon balm:see bee balmbee balm,
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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Leaves opposite, whitish flowers, strong lemon scent. Use fresh or dry. Tea used for colds, improving mental performance, fever, insomnia, nervous conditions, digestive spasms, painful menses, hyperthyroid, Grave’s disease. Extracts used a lot for herpes, cold sores, mumps. Has over 8 anti-viral compounds and lots of anti-inflammatories and antispasmotics, calms nerves, colic. Contains eugenol, which kills bad bacteria. Flavors ice cream, tea. Mosquito repellent. Avoid if on thyroid medication like thyroxine.
symbol of compassion. [Herb Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 164]