Melissa is a member of the mint family and is a low growing herb. The herb is native to South Europe and North Africa . While the leaves resemble mint leaves in shape, their aroma is like lemon. This is also the reason why it is also called Lemon Balm.
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Melissa is available from Israel and Kenya.
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Melissa claims to have antibacterial and antiviral compounds. The herb is also believed to be a mild calming agent; reducing stress and promoting sleep.View Melissa
Fresh melissa should be washed before adding it fresh or cooked to a dish.Consumption
Melissa is used to add flavour to a dish. Often the herb is used as a flavouring in ice cream and herbal teas, both hot and iced, often in combination with other herbs such as spearmint. It is also frequently paired with fruit dishes or candies.When to eat
Fresh Melissa can be kept for a short time in the refrigerator, or for a longer period in the freezer.
Did you know?
- With its fragrant aroma, the plant attracts honeybees, which is why its name is Melissa. In Greek this actually means honeybee.
- Melissa has besides Lemon balm, many other names including: Balm mint, Bee herb, Sweet balm, Garden balm and Honey plant.
- The crushed leaves, when rubbed on the skin, are used to keep mosquitos away.
- Lemon balm is used in some variations of herbal toothpaste for its soothing and aromatic properties.