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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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ASABE staffers know Melissa as a quick thinker, with a thirst for knowledge, and interested in a wide variety of topics, particularly all things innovative in agriculture.
Melissa, who lives near Shrewsbury, has now raised more than PS2,300 for the charity Versus Arthritis, as a thank you for funding her stem cell treatment, which she needed for osteoarthritis.
Melissa, who works for The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (Sath), will be taking on the challenge in June to raise money for the charity Versus Arthritis, as a thank you for funding her stem cell treatment.
Editorial Note: A writer and an educator living in Germany, Melissa Knox holds a Ph.D.
Melissa, on the other hand, has a track record for working with fashion giants including the late Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood.
Prince William's bond with Straubenzee was showcased during his and Melissa's 2013 wedding at her childhood home of Alnwick Castle.
And after kerbing her eating, Melissa's weekly shopping bill has plummeted from [pounds sterling]170 to just [pounds sterling]40.
"We talk about family but we want to secure the essence of Melissa's DNA inspired by three moods: Nostalgia, Crew and the Cool, and the diverse '90s," Dauz said.
Unhappy and unhealthy, she tried several fad diets including meal replacement plans, but Melissa finally reached breaking point after watching the BBC Three programme Obesity: The Post-Mortem.
Melissa's cousin Nikki Keighley has told of the family's devastation at the news.