The daughter of the king Melisseya
 He was at the Cretan king Melisseya nymph daughter Melissa. She nursed the infant Zeus with milk and honey. And then people learned to extract honey for what actually has been transformed by the gods into a bee. And even the name Melissa plants with soft leaves and honey aroma on which bees are always circling.

The word comes from the Greek words «meli» - honey and «phyllon» - leaves. In another version of the name "Melissa" comes from the Greek «melissa» - bee. The ancient Greeks were compared honey with lemon balm of divine nectar.

Melissa lemon - Melissa officinalis L.   a perennial herb of the family Labiatae height from 50 to 150cm. Melissa direct tetrahedral stalk branching at the top. Rhizome Melissa is also quite branchy, though small. The leaves are pale green, softly pubescent, oval-shaped, with teeth on the edges. Lilac-grayish or pinkish-purple flowers are collected in spike-like inflorescences are located in the axils of the upper leaves. Melissa Blossoms in June-August. But can bloom until October. Small black fruits, nuts ripen in August and September.

The whole plant has a pleasant mint-lemon flavor. In the wild lemon balm grows in the Crimea, the Caucasus, in southern Russia usually on forest edges, in shady ravines and vacant lots. Feral Melissa found in central Russia.

Propagated by Melissa often self-seeding. Thus, I have it for 15 years growing on the balcony, trying to scatter over all nearby boxes.

The herb lemon balm contains vitamin C, coffee, oleanovaya and ursolic acid, tannins, mucilage, resin, bitter seeds fatty oil.

Melissa cultivated since ancient times in ancient Greece and ancient Rome.
Wrote about it in his writings, Pliny, Theophrastus, Dioscorides. Antique medicine uses decoctions and infusions of lemon balm, as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, protivodizenteriynoe, sedative. It was believed that lemon balm helps to establish the menstrual cycle and improve eyesight and improves mood.

Ibn Sina believed that melissa refreshes and strengthens the heart, improves digestion and helps to get rid of hiccups. And Paracelsus (1493-1541) equated the properties of lemon balm for potency to gold.

In Russia folk medicine used a decoction of lemon balm in the "nervous fever", migraines, insomnia, melancholia, hysteria, hypertension, atherosclerosis, dizziness, when tinnitus and palpitations, stomach cramps, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, flatulence, anemia and gout , bad breath and toothache, with colds, asthma, painful menstruation.

Melissa generally very helpful to women because of the people it is called the "queen cells". And medieval doctors were right when argued that the infusion of fresh lemon balm flowers "fills the heart with joy and gladness." A decoction of lemon balm really significantly improves the mood, gives elated, not only from fresh herbs, but also dry. It was noted also that the tea from lemon balm strengthens memory and helps maintain clarity of thought at large mental stress.

- Tea made from lemon balm . 1st Class spoonful of finely chopped lemon balm leaves pour 2 cups boiling water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes under the lid.

- Alcohol tincture of nerves, vertigo and migraines . 2 tbsp. tablespoons chopped herbs lemon balm pour 6-8 tablespoons of vodka, insist week in a dark place, take 1 or ½ teaspoon 3-4 times a day before meals.

- Melissa used as a baths for skin diseases , Rash, irritation, as well as to relax before bedtime. 3 tbsp. spoon pour 1 liter of boiled water, half an hour and pour into a bath temperature of 37 - + 38C.

- The leaves of lemon balm are added in pickling tomatoes, they are from this are not only tasty, but also curative. Personally, I add and squash, as well as in assorted tomatoes and cucumbers.

Melissa wonderful national cosmetic.   Decoction of the herb lemon balm to soothe and soften the skin, improve its tone and help in the healing of small wounds, eliminate the irritation and flaking of the skin.

- Lotion balm for aging skin   and as a remedy for wrinkles. 2 tbsp. l. dry crushed leaves of lemon balm pour 2 cups of boiling water and simmer on low heat for 25-30 mine. Cool, drain and clean the solution face. Store in refrigerator for 2-3 days.

- From this solution makes mask . To do this, you need to moisten the terry cloth in broth and put on face for 15-20 minutes. Wash is not necessary.

- Alcohol Lotion . 2-3st. tablespoons chopped lemon balm leaves to put in a glass jar, pour 1 cup of vodka, clog and insist 2 weeks. Then stored in a refrigerator. Use as usual lotion. If you have dry skin of the part that will be immediately used, diluted with boiled water 1: 1.

- Rejuvenating mask   for all skin types. A handful of leaves Melissa mince, add 1 dessert spoon of honey and 1-2 drops of lemon juice. Apply on face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature and apply a moisturizer.

- Rinse after washing hair to eliminate dandruff , Dryness and give your hair fragrant freshness. 2 tbsp. tablespoons of dried lemon balm herb pour 1 liter of water, leave for 30 minutes, drain and rinse the hair infusion.

Sorcerers say that tea from Melissa, drunk together, make family relationships gentle and trusting.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva