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The leaves from the tops of Melissa officinalis (family Labiatae), a plant of southern Europe; a diaphoretic.
Synonym(s): sweet balm
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Fringe medicine A floral essence said to be an antidepressant
Herbal medicine

(1) A perennial herb, the oil of which contains citral, citronellal, eugenol acetate, flavonoids, geraniol, polyphenols, tannin, and triterpenoids. Lemon balm is antihistaminic, antipyretic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, sedative, and tonic; it has been used for allergies, colds, depression, eczema, flu, headaches, insomnia, menstrual disorders, vomiting

(2) An extract of lemon—Citrus limon—that has been used topically for herpes simplex-induced cold sores
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Melissa wouldn't trade her life on the farm for anything.
At lunch Melissa was surprised to see both bananas were brown and very, very soft.
Melissa was just 15 when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and faced six months of chemotherapy at Newcastle RVI to save her life.
FLOWER Melissa Melissa filled in a form and had her photo taken then thought nothing more about it until some weeks later.