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Description
Application
Properties

Other names

  • lemon balm
  • melissa
  • melissa officinalis

Product Description

A Mediterranean Native, it has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Tea made with fresh leaves is said to be great for mild anxiety & insomnia.

 

  • Sedative activity: In vivo experiments, aqueous alcoholic extracts of the drug have been shown to have sedative activity. The same extract induced sleep in mice treated with an subhypnotic dose of pentobarbital
  • Anti-inflammatory activity: Rosmarinic acid has been shown to inhibit complement-dependent mechanisms of inflammatory reactions
  • Antioxidant activity: antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties have been reported for an aqueous extract
  • Antiviral activity: Aqueous extract produces antiviraleffects on influenza viruses, vaccinia and herpes simplex virus

Origin

  • Egypt
  • Uzbekistan
  • Russia

Packing

10-30 kg

Storage

Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight

Culinary Uses

  • Good for being chopped into white sauces to accompany fish
  • Can be added to fruit salads, jellies or fruit drinks
  • Infuse leaves for melissa tea or float in Indian tea
  • Goes well with Tarragon
  • Lemon balm is the main ingredient in Chartreuse

 

Medicinal Uses

  • Fresh leaves can help with insect bites or sores
  • Can be made into tea to relieve chronic bronchial catarrh, feverish colds and headaches
  • Can be use to calm and uplift tensions
  • Said to be effective for an over active thyroid
  • Said to be effective for insomnia and unsettling dreams
  • Can ease morning sickness and be useful during menopause (as it can relieve hot flushes)
  • Said to ease gout
  • Can help prevent cold sores

 

Other Uses

  • Often used in invalid posies
  • Bees love it - works well planted around beehives
  • Can be use as a rinse for greasy hair
  • Used in pot pourri or herb pillows
Nutritional value (100 g)
proteins 17,0 g
fats 8,0 g
carbohydrates 23,2 g
calorific 275 kcal

 

Item Description
Appearance A herb, up to 70 cm in height, smelling strongly of lemon, with distinctly petiolate, broadly ovate, opposite and decussate leaves on 4-angled stems. Leaf venation very prominent on the lower surface and margin crenate and serrate.
Colour from light green to dark green
Odor aromatic
Taste light fresh taste
Humidity,% 14,0

See also Medicinal herbs and berries
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