LEMON BALM – used to soothe emotional pain, especially after the end of a relationship. Also known as ‘Melissa.’ Helps calm the mind for those with nervous or mental disorders and, in the same way, can be used for clarity and focus. Calms the mind for meditation and ritual. Lemon balm, often known as Melissa or Balm, is an important component in Love magic. It can be offered to the object of your affections as a tea or infused in wine to speed conclusion. The plant is also widely used in magical healing, as well as in sachets, charm bags, and incense. It was once used to stop bleeding by being applied to swords. Lemon Balm can also be employed in luck and success spells; wear it all over your body and you’ll be sure to succeed! Lemon balm improves clear thinking and judgment, especially when faced with a crossroads or critical life decision. Hanging lemon balm in your home ensures that you always take the right road while also bringing love into your home and life.
Lemon Balm, a member of the mint family, is a fragrant herb favored by bees and has been used for thousands of years. Lemon balm was first introduced to Spain around 600 BC, and it swiftly spread throughout Europe. In the Middle Ages, it was frequently utilized, and many herbalists referred to it as the “elixir of life.” Because of its calming powers, Charlemagne (742-814AD) ordered that it be planted in every monastic garden. Lemon balm was used by Middle Eastern physicians to strengthen the heart and relieve sadness in the 900s.
Melissa was rubbed on beehives to encourage bees to stay together and attract more, and its name originates from the Greek word for “honey bee.” The term “it makes the heart joyful” was coined by early herbalists such as Avicenna, and it has been used since since. It is still used to treat depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness to this day.
The other half of Lemon Balm’s name, officinalis, literally means “of the workshop,” referring to the medieval pharmaceutical business. The leaves, steeped in wine and applied as a compress, are reported to be an effective scorpion sting cure. A mouthwash made from the leaves was claimed to be beneficial to treat sore teeth. Lemon balm was used by housewives in Colonial times to add to salads, float in soups, chop in butter, and decorate main courses.