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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), also known as Sweet Mary, Honey Plant and Cure-All, is a member of the mint family that is native to Europe and the Mediterranean.
For more than 2,000 years, this herb has been cultivated as a culinary and medicinal plant. It is regarded as a “calming” herb.
The Greeks called lemon balm "melisophyllon," which combines the words melissa meaning "honeybee" and phyllon meaning "leaf."
The Romans knew the plant as "apiastrum" from apias, which means simply "bee."
By now you’ve probably figured out that bees have a strong association with this plant. Sixteenth-century gardeners certainly knew this since they rubbed the leaves of the plant on beehives to increase the production of honey inside.
Pliny also observed that because bees so often colonize near lemon balm, sighting the plant could be useful in locating the bee-hive.
Today, many gardeners consider lemon balm to be the center of the flower garden - because its nectar-filled flowers not only attract bees to promote pollination, but hummingbirds and butterflies as well.
LemonBalm tea has enjoyed a long reputation as a rejuvenating tonic. In fact, the Prince of Glamorgan reputedly drank LemonBalm tea daily to ensure good health and longevity, and he enjoyed many cups of LemonBalm tea until his death at the age of 108.