Melissa officinalis. N.O. Labiateae.
Synonym ► Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm.
Habitat ► Borders of woods and in hedges, particularly in south of England. Common in gardens.
Features ► Stem one to two feet high, freely branched, square, smoothish. Leaves stalked, opposite, broadly ovate, coarsely serrate, wrinkled, hairy. Numerous small, white or yellowish flowers, in loose bunches from leaf axils. Roots long, slender, creeping. Taste and odour of lemon.
Part used ► Herb. Action ► Carminative, diaphoretic, tonic.
In influenza and feverish colds, to induce perspiration. Aids digestion. Infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint boiling water, taken freely.