A member of the Lamiaceae family, Melissa officinalis is a plant native to the Mediterranean basin, also known as citronella. Used as an aromatic herb for its delicate lemon taste, it is also known for its therapeutic properties.
How to recognize it?
Lemon balm comes in the form of shrubs from 30 to 80 cm high. The erect stems have embossed leaves that are rough to the touch and have a citronella-like odour. Its white or pink flowers appear between the leaves forming clusters2.
Lemon balm over the centuries
Originally from Asia, lemon balm is a plant that’s been known since ancient times. It was Arab doctors who discovered the medicinal virtues of lemon balm and introduced it to the western part of the Mediterranean basin, and then to France in the Middle Ages.
Lemon balm was later used in certain liqueurs such as Chartreuse or Benedictine and also in 17th century folk medicine with “eau des Carmes” created by the Carmelite monks of Paris and which became Cardinal Richelieu’s favourite remedy to relieve his headaches and stomach aches3.
The benefits of lemon balm
As an infusion, lemon balm is well known for its relaxing and soothing properties in both adults and children. For sleep problems, it helps to restore calm and tranquillity, makes it easier to get to sleep and improves sleep quality.
For digestive disorders (difficult digestion, bloating), lemon balm provides comfort and well-being4.
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2ANSM, “Melissa officinalis”, French Pharmacopoeia 2003
3Caroline Thoby, Thesis for the state diploma of doctor of pharmacy “Mélisse officinale”, 2003
4Jean Bruneton, “Pharmacognosie, phytochimie et plantes médicinales”, Lavoisier 4th edition 2009