Melissa officinalis

Melissa officinalis L.

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

  • Common Balm
  • Lemon Balm
  • mellisa مليسا
  • turunjan ترنجان
  • מֵלִיסָה רְפוּאִית
  • melisa refu'it


  • Humid habitats

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Melissa officinalis L.

Medicinal Complaints / Uses
System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used Source

Heart strengthener


Preparation/ Admin/ Plant Part not specified.

Not specified Z
Mental Health



1. Decoct leaves & drink 1 cup + little tea (Camellia sinensis).
2. Prepare tea from leaves, sweeten & drink x1 cup/day.

Leaf B

Cold & cough

Anti-Infective, Anti-tussive

Decoct leaves & drink 1 cup x3/day until well.

Leaf B
Wound Healing

Wound inflammation

Anti-Infective, Vulnerary

Mix equal amounts of leaves + marjoram (Origanum majorana) leaves + "saris", lentisque (Pistacia lentiscus) + watercress (Nasturtium officinale) + carob (Ceratonia siliqua) + pomegrante (Punica granatum); grind well & eat x1 tablespoon daily for 1 mth.

Leaf B

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High doses of Melissa officinalis can cause irritation & benign prostatic hyplasia (BPH). Avoid during pregnancy. Care if sensitive skin. Essential oil can raise ocular pressure therefore avoid in glaucoma.