lat. name

Melissa officinalis

Common names

Honeysuckle, women's welfare, lemon balm

plant Description

The lemon balm grows up to 70 cm high. Four-edged stems, strongly branched, small leaves and inconspicuous white flowers. Rubbing the fresh leaves between your fingers creates a lemon-like odor.

Flowering period : July to August.

Occurrence : Origin in the Mediterranean area, with us also in gardens, for the medicament extraction the lemon balm is also planted in cultures.

Medicated plant parts

The leaves of the lemon milking, harvested before flowering and gently dried, are used for the production of medicines. The essential oil is extracted from the whole plant by means of steam distillation.


  • Essential lemon balm oil
  • Tannins and bitter substances
  • flavonoids
  • minerals

Healing effect and application

The lemon balm has a calming and mild anti-spasmodic effect. Primarily used for nerve calming and sleep promotion.

Even with nervous stomach problems and bloating the lemon balm is used.

Melissa is part of many medicinal specialties, for example tea blends. The most famous product is probably the " Klosterfrau Melissengeist" .


1. Lemon balm tea to soothe and sleep in sleep disorders: 3 teaspoons sliced ​​lemon balm leaves are poured with ¼ liter of boiling water, it is allowed to draw for 10 minutes, sweetened with honey and drinking 3 cups daily.

2. Melissa bath (soothing and balancing): 50 g melissa leaves are brought to boiling point with 1 liter of water, allowed to stand for 10 minutes and then removed. This extract of lemon balm is added to the bath.

Combination with other medicinal plants

  • valerian
  • Hops and
  • balm

mixed in equal parts. give an excellent calming tea. Preparation as described above.

For indigestion you can make the following tea mixture:

  • Melissa leaves 20.0 g
  • Milk thistle seeds 30.0 g
  • Dandelion root 10.0 g
  • Peppermint leaves 20.0 g
  • Yarrow 20.0 g

Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture, pour this over with a large cup of boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup unsweetened with meals.

side effects

So far no side effects are to be expected with the consumption of lemon balm.

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