Lemon balm, also known as melissa or bee balm, bears small white flowers that bees love. Ancient Greek beekeepers would crush the leaves of this herb and rub them on the hives to encourage bees to return. (Melissa means ‘honeybee’ in Greek.)
Lemon balm’s usage to reduce fevers and as a calmative and antidepressant dates back hundreds of years. It lowers blood pressure and treats colds and flu. It is good for any problems related to nervous tension such as insomnia, tension headaches, stomach ailments and depression. Its strong lemon flavour is a good insect repellent.