Lemon Balm

For the soul

“Melissa officinalis” is derived from the Greek “meliss-phyllon”, which means “bee’s leaf”. The industrious insects mark the underside of the lemon balm leaves to draw the attention of their fellow bees to this particularly rich source of nectar. The herb has a calming effect on human beings and exudes a gentle sweetness and pleasant freshness.

Combined power

“Lemon balm combines the power of 15 other herbs.” It was on this basis that Hildegard von Bingen encouraged people to eat lemon balm in order to become more joyful. The herb has a calming effect on the heart and stomach and helps alleviate melancholy.

Useful facts

Plant family: Lamiaceae (mint family)
Flowering season: June to September
Harvest: First harvest: leaves before flowers appear in June to July
Second harvest: September
Symbol of: Attraction, joie de vivre, comfort
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean and western Asia
Grows here: Prefers sunny locations with warm, sandy soil

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Strong effect

Lemon balm helps both with nervous tension in the heart and stomach and with cramps and flatulence. It has a restorative, energising and cheering effect, and in the language of flowers it brings “harmony with the divine message, to dispel fears of the future”.

Ready in an instant

Take a handful of lemon balm leaves, two slices of peeled cucumber, the juice of half a lemon, two tablespoons of soya milk or normal milk, 300g of grapes and one peeled apple → your delicious lemon balm smoothie is ready!

 

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