Lemon balm

Melissa officinalis

Folk names: Melissa, Balm, Sweet Balm, Lemon Balsam

Warning: Thyroid Function

If you have slowed thyroid function or on medications to treat thyroid disorders, AVOID lemon balm unless under medical direction.

Medicinal Uses

(This information has been collected from Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine as well as The Herbal Academy of New England, it has NOT been confirmed by Licensed Herbalist)

  • Antidepressant

  • Antioxidant

  • Antispasmodic

  • Antiviral

  • Anxiolytic

  • Carminative

  • Nervine

  • Radioprotective

  • Tophorestorative

WARNING: Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any 

Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc. ​

Part of the reason that we list Medical Jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantagous. Too much of a good thing, eh?

Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Gender: Feminine

Parts Used: Leaves

Traditional Chinese medicine Name: Xiang feng cao​


  • Astringent

  • Refreshing

  • Sour

  • Sweet


  • Cooling

  • Drying

Suggested Uses: 

  • Bath

  • Herb (cooking, Burning)

  • Infusion

  • Ointment

  • Tea

Lemon Balm in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Lemon Balm.

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​Magical Uses

  • Calm

  • Commitment

  • Healing

  • Love

  • Meditation

  • Memory

  • Relieves Depression and Anxiety

  • Strengthens Spellwork

  • Success

It's All Greek to me

The Greek Melissa, this plant's scientific name, means bee, making it the perfect devotional for your pollinators and their deities.

To quote Pliny the Elder*, "When [bees] are strayed away, they do find their way home by it."