Herbs Guide


Family Name: Labiatae

Botanical Name(s): Melissa officinalis

Popular Name(s): Balm, Lemon Balm, Melissa, Sweet Balm, Balm mint, Bee Balm, Blue Balm, Cure-All, Dropsy Plant, Garden Balm, Sweet Balm.

Parts Used: Herb, Leaves, Volatile Oil and Polyphenols.

Habitat: A native of South Europe, especially in mountainous situations, but is naturalized in the south of England.

Description: Balm is a perennial plant. It grows wild in fields and gardens and along roadsides. It has an upright stem that grows as high as 3 feet. Light green-toothed ovate leaves grow in opposite pairs at each joint. The flowers may range in color from pale yellow to rose colored or blue white.

Uses: Balm is a useful herb, either alone or in combination with others. It is excellent in colds attended with fever, as it promotes perspiration. Used with salt, it was formerly applied for the purpose of taking away wens and had the reputation of cleansing sores and easing the pains of gout.