GAELIC NAME : Balsam, Íocshláinte.

LATIN NAME : Melissa officinalis.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Balm Mint, Bee Balm, Blue Balm, Cure-all, Dropsy plant garden balm, Lemon Balm, Melissa, Sweet Balm. Bee Balm, Lemon Balsam, Sweet Melissa.

MEDICINAL PART : Herb, leaves.

PLACES OF ORIGIN : The Mediterranean area and in the near east countries. Is also naturalized in some places in the U.S.

HABITAT : Grows wild in fields and gardens and along roadsides. Is also cultivated.

FLOWERING PERIOD : July and August.

DESCRIPTION : Balm is a perennial plant. The stem is upright, hairy, quadrangular, and branched and grows as high as 3 feet. The leaves are opposite, ovate, long-petioled, somewhat hairy, bluntly serrate, and acuminate. The bilabite flowers grow in axillary clusters and may vary in colour from pale yellow to rose colored or blue-white. When bruised, the whole plant smells like lemon.

PROPERTIES : Antispasmodic, Calmative, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Stomachic.

USES : Balm is a remedy for all sorts of nervous problems, hysteria, melancholy, and insomnia. Use balm tea to relive cramps, dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, chronic bronchial catarrh, and some forms of asthma. Try it also for migraine and toothache, and, during pregnancy, for headaches and dizziness. The warm infusion has diaphoretic effects. An infusion of the leaves added to bath water is also said to promote the onset of menstruation. Use the crushed leaves as a poultice for sores, tumors, milk-knot, and insect bites. Balm is also used in herb pillows because of its agreeable odor.

Preparation : Collect the plant before or after flowering. The fresh plant is more effective than the dried.


GENDER : Feminine



ASSOCIATED DEITIES : Aengus Óg, Dadga, Diancecht, Lugh, Áine

POWERS : Love, Success, Healing.


For love use while calling upon Aengus Óg. For success use while calling upon Dadga or Lugh. For healing use while calling upon Diancecht or Áine.


Can be used in all spell for success. Has amazing powers of healing.

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