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"I tell you truly, the book of nature is a holy scroll, and if you would have the sons of men save themselves and find everlasting life, teach them how once again to read from the living pages of the earthly mother. For in everything that is life is the law written. It is written in the grass, in the trees, in the rivers, mountains, birds of the sky, and fishes of the sea; and most of all within the son of man." ~ Jesus, The Essene Gospels of Peace: book four – Teachings of the Elect

Lemon Balm/Sweet Melissa/Melissa Officinalis
Bonnie Plants "How to Grow Lemon Balm"

(AKA Lemon Balm)
~ inspired by Blogster justalittlewitchie's post
I was introduced to Lemon Balm by a learned friend who pointed it out where it grew wild along the fence at our high school. The plant was a differently-flavored member of the mint family, and we chewed the fresh leaves and stalks for a lemony-tasting, relaxing treat. A mild sedative, the plant has long been put to an array of uses in natural medicine, particularly as a treatment for anxiety and to relieve cold sores. 
Read "My Love of Sweet Melissa" for a brief introduction to growing Melissa Officinalis, mixing it with other herbs to make a healthful and delicious tea, and a video lesson on how to use this common, easy-to-grow plant to make a lip balm to ease cold sores. 101 Natural Medicine's Heather Schulte tells how to make Lemon Balm Herb Tea, either from the dried plant or fresh cuttings. Lindsay Wolsey wrote in Dr. Christopher's Herbal Legacy that the plant's Greek name, "Melissa," means "bee." Hence, one of the plant's common names is bee balm. Her article is another resource for the history, growing, and uses of this wonderful plant from nature's garden.

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