lemon balm


Definition of lemon balm

: a bushy perennial European mint (Melissa officinalis) often cultivated for its lemon-scented leaves also : its leaves

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Expect aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, and apple blossom along with wispy notes of vanilla and lemon balm. Rachel King, Fortune, "Seven Ways to Enjoy White (Wine) After Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2019 Favorite flavors: Purple Rain, with blueberries and ginger root, and Believe, a mossy green tonic supercharged with lemon balm, juniper berries, and chlorella. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Forget Keychains, Local Kombucha Is Our Must-Buy Travel Item," 28 Aug. 2019 There are the herbal remedies: Mostly teas, with such ingredients as lemon balm, lavender, camomile, rooibos, St. John’s wort and ashwagandha, an herb used in ayurvedic medicine. Maura Judkis, Twin Cities, "A dozen stress-relief snacks, tinctures and teas later, and she’s still anxious," 3 Aug. 2019 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, chive, dill, ginger, lemon balm, Mexican tarragon, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram and thyme 6. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "August in the Garden," 27 July 2019 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, chive, dill, ginger, lemon balm, Mexican tarragon, mint, oregano, sage, sweet marjoram and thyme. 6. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "July in the Garden," 28 June 2019 Yerba buena, lavender, lemon balm, orange thyme and verbena to help with sleep. Sherry Stern, Orange County Register, "Great Escape: It’s always inn season at Rancho Bernardo," 14 June 2019 Their signature 'Crucumber' cocktail (a mix of cucumber, lemon balm, and vodka) is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Nantucket, Massachusetts," 10 May 2019 Seedsheet sells easy-to-grow cocktail garden sheets seeded with Thai basil, cutting celery, pea shoots, purple basil, lemon balm, tulsi (a type of basil), borage and bronze fennel greens; the website includes recipes featuring each. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lemon balm was in 1864

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Medical Definition of lemon balm

: a bushy perennial Old World mint of the genus Melissa (M. officinalis) often cultivated for its fragrant lemon-flavored leaves and tops that have been used to make a diaphoretic tea

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