Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, also known as Melissa, is a member of the mint family. It is a fragrant and calming perennial herb with a soft, lemony fragrance. It was used for thousands of years as a liniment and to uplift spirits.
Lemon Balm is a wonderful addition to skincare products. Its stimulating properties help boost circulation to tone and brighten the appearance of the skin. The antibacterial qualities of lemon balm help to cleanse pores and reduce the occurrence of blackheads. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe irritated skin conditions, insect bites, and scrapes.
Its antidepressant properties help with emotional upsets and insomnia. The cooling leaves soothe bruises and aches and help heal wounds. Its antihistaminic properties make it useful to allergy sufferers. It is great for treating colds.