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NAME: Lemon Balm
SPECIES / FAMILY: Melissa Officinalis / Lamiaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): Common Balm, Balm Mint, Sweet Balm
COMMENT/CAUTION: Leaves - pleasant lemon-like aroma and flavour, they are used mainly as a flavouring in salads and cooked foods. A lemon-flavoured tea can be made from the fresh or dried leaves. Leaves also added to teas and fruit cups etc. They are used as a flavouring in various alcoholic beverages including Chartreuse and Benedictine.
CAUTION: Can cause irritation in high concentrates. Avoid during pregnancy. Care if sensitive skin.(1) Excessive mint exposure may cause an arthritic condition.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Anti-anxiety; Antibacterial; Antidepressant; Antiemetic; Antispasmodic; Antiviral; Aromatherapy; Carminative; Diaphoretic; Digestive; Emmenagogue; Febrifuge; Sedative; Tonic.(1)
· Essential; Pot-pourri; Repellent.(1)
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