Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Components: A member of the mint family, lemon balm is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia, and it now grows in many areas of the eastern and central United States. A lemon-scented aromatic, the plant produces small blue, white, or yellow flowers.
Overview: The phytochemicals in lemon balm provide anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and immune-boosting effects. It is loaded with antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage. It has been used for centuries to reduce stress, promote sleep, and ease pain from indigestion.
Uses: The dried leaf may be used as a tea, tincture, or made into an ointment.