Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Melissa, Balm, Sweet Balm, Lemon Balsam, Xiang feng cao​ (Traditional Chinese medicine Name)

Native to

Southern Europe, Caspian Sea, through the Middle East

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.

Parts Used 


  • Antidepressant: Aids in alleviating depression

  • Antioxidant: Removes, prevents potentially harmful oxidising within the body

  • Antispasmodic: Relieves involuntary movements such as ticks and seizures 

  • (Note: many antispasmodics have the opposite effect depending on your neurology, consult your doctor).

  • Antiviral: Stops or slows the spread of a virus

  • Anxiolytic: Calms, soothes anxiety and mental distress

  • Carminative: Relieves gas... Farts, specifically.

  • Nervine: literally calms the nerves

  • Radioprotective: Potentially aids in protection against radiation poisoning

  • Trophorestorative: Aids in the development of healthy tissues and functions within a bodily system

Divinities & Mythos

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Moon

  • Element(s): Water

  • Gender: Feminine

  • Taste: Astringent, Refreshing, Sour, Sweet

  • Energy: Cooling, Drying

Warning: Thyroid Function

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

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Lemon Balm in Action

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

Magical Properties

  • Calm

  • Commitment

  • Healing

  • Love

  • Meditation

  • Memory

  • Relieves Depression and Anxiety

  • Strengthens Spellwork

  • Success

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 advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?