Lemon balm

Wild lemon balm –lat. Melissa oficinalis- can be found in the Subcarpathian Mountains. Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine. It  is high in flavonoids, which can have an antioxidant effect. Lemon balm is a valuable source of essential oil, it us used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas, vomiting, and colic. Lemon balm has calming effects and is used for anxiety, sleep problems, and restlessness.

Besides the medicinal use lemon balm is a great herb for the cuisine, having lemony flavour and fragrance. It works well with fish, poultry and vegetables as well as in salads, stuffings and drinks.