Melissa is valued for incredibly tender and pleasant fragrance. Everybody knows that it is very healthful, but only some people know its benefits. A very rich lemon aroma is the peculiarity of melissa and that is why it is also known as lemon balm. Another name of melissa in bee balm as its aroma works as a strong bee attractant and forest bee-keepers have been planting bee balm for attracting bees. Ancient Romans and Greeks believed that the melissa herbal infusion fill the hearts with joy. It is believed that melissa is an enchanted herb as it rejuvenates and inspires a person who wears a bunch of melissa. Great Avicenna gave the following description of melissa: it improves digestive processes, health, the heart, exhilarates and shake melancholic mood.
Melissa leaves contain large amount of carotene (helps to produce vitamin A in the body), ascorbic acid, essential oil with lemon aroma, tannins, amarines, organic acids (ursolic, oleinic, caffeic) and cuprum. Balm lemon seeds contain much fatty oil. Melissa tea has a sedative action but this herb has many more curative properties. The Canon of Medicine was written by Avicenna provides a description of melissa as an energizing herb that cures for brain blocking, reduces body perspiration and helps to get rid of breath odour. Melissa contains much amount of amarines, acid and nitrogen compounds and that stimulates the secretion of stomach juice, gives an appetite, prevents meteorism and works as an antiemetic agent.
Curative properties of Melissa:
- As a cardiovascular remedy that lowers arterial tension (in case of cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis and hypertension);
- As a sedative (in case of functional disorders of the nervous system, neuropsychic overstresses- depressions, neurosis, insomnia, erotism, faintness, migraine);
- As a laxative, a pain-killer and an antispasmodic drug (in case of stomachaches, meteorism and retention of feces;
- As an anti-inflammatory drug and an antispastic (in case of choledocholithiasis and bile duct diseases);
- As a sedative (in case of menstrual disorders);
- As a general tonic (in case of depression of strength);
- As a galactagogue (in case of the breast-feeding period)
- As an antimicrobial agent, a sudorific (in case of cold-related deceases);
- As an agent for normalizing metabolism ( in case of fatness).
Melissa leaves can be used as an anticonvulsant and a diuretic agent. Melissa is indicated to diabetics and, it helps to cure herpes, flue, measles and Newcastle disease due to its action to kill viruses.
Melissa – contraindications:
Idiocrasy, arterial hypertension. It is necessary not to overdose with melissa as it is low-toxic.