(Melissa officinalis) G
Folk Names: Bee Balm, Lemon Balsam,
Melissa, Sweet Balm, Sweet Melissa,
Powers: Love, Success, Healing
Magical Uses: From Arabian herb magic
comes the information that lemon balm
can be used to influence love. Soak the
herb in wine for several hours, strain and
share with a friend. Or, carry the herb with
you to find love.
It is also used in magical healing, and
Pliny said that its powers were so great that
if it was attached to a sword that had made
a wound the blood would be immediately
staunched. Though swordwounds are rare
today, the lemon balm is still used in healing
incenses and sachets.
It can also be used in spells to ensure
success, and if you keep bees, rub this herb
on the hives; it will attract new bees and
keep the old ones there.