Description: There are three species of perennials in the genus. This species has been cultivated for over 2000 years. Most likely originally grown as a bee plant, giving rise to its name, which is Greek for "honey bee." It's therapeutic values were heavily promoted by Arab physicians in the 10th and 11th centuries.
It's name in many European countries is "hearts delight" and infusions of the dried herb were thought to cure heart diseases and melancholia.
Synonyms: Melissa, balm
Origin: Southern Europe, West Asia, North Africa
Parts Used: dried leaves
Aroma Description: pleasant, citronella-like, fresh, sweet, herbaceous
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy
Culinary Uses: leaves are used in herbal teas
Medicinal Attributes: a cooling, antibacterial, antiviral, sedative herb that lowers fever, improves digestion, relaxes spasms and peripheral blood vessels. It's used to inhibit thyroid activity, treat nervous tension, anxiety, depression, palpitations, tension headaches, etc.
Element Association: Air
Magical Associations: Healing
Planetary Association: Moon
Aromatic Note: Middle note
Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled essential oils are available. One of the most frequently adulterated oils on the market. A genuine oil is very difficult to find.
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