Balm [Melissa officinalis]

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Balm at Grey Abbey Physic Garden Greyabbey, County Down.

The name originates from Balsam, the chief of sweet smelling oils. In the 1st century, Greeks used it for gout, toothache and dog bites. In the Middle Ages, it was used to treat toothache, mad dog bites and skin problems. A cheering reviving herb, soothing and mildly sedative.

Contains chemicals¬†that relax muscles. Brought to Europe in the 7th century. Once considered a herbal ‘cure-all’.