lemon balm


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

Examples of lemon balm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Herbal teas like valerian root, lemon balm, and chamomile act on the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) to facilitate and improve sleep quality. Amy Brownstein, Ms, Rdn, Verywell Health, 10 July 2024 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, chive, dill, ginger, lemon balm, Mexican tarragon, mint, oregano, sage, sweet marjoram and thyme. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 29 June 2024 Also, once lemon balm flowers, the leaves take on an unpleasant ‘soapy’ taste. Dawn Pettinelli, Hartford Courant, 1 June 2024 Jasmine, lemon balm or lemon verbena, mint, lavender, eucalyptus, and lemongrass can all easily be grown and harvested for tea later on. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for lemon balm 

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lemon balm was in 1864

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“Lemon balm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemon%20balm. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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