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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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At the time of her win Melissa said her children, aged 19 to 39, had "cut me out of their lives".
Her determination, sense of humour and outlook on life was both inspiring and humbling to all Melissa and Evan, right, and enjoying a ride on a horse who heard her story.
Melissa, of Scholes, decided to take the drastic step in order to donate her tresses to The Little Princess Trust which takes hair donations and has wigs made for children who have lost their hair through illness or chemotherapy.
The inspiration for this season are the designers from different countries," said Joanna CoFong, marketing director of Istila Companhia, exclusive distributor of Melissa in the Philippines.
Ms Rivers had one daughter, Melissa, and one grandson, Cooper.
Melissa and co-accused Michaella Connolly, 20, from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, were jailed in September for trying to smuggle PS1.
However, Hollie and Melissa ended up sharing the award after getting the same marks in their degrees after four years of study.
Debra, who has not seen Melissa since she left home in July for Ibiza, said: "I can't wait to see her, to hold her.
These distances were great for the kids to succeed and not feel overwhelmed or frustrated," Melissa said.
Rami asked Melissa to come on stage and sing the song "Ya Bint Al Sultan" (Daughter of a Sultan).