Melissa, Officinalis. This plant is so well known, that it needs no describing.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Balm:

—In some form or other this valuable medicine should always be kept in the house. It is a plant of balsamic odour, the leaves of which are used as a diluent in fever. It possesses high stimulant and carminative properties, which render it valuable as a remedial agent. Balm is a good tonic, which strengthens the stomach, braces the nerves and elevates the mind by its exhilarating virtues. It is really excellent in colds, attended with fever, as it is sure to promote a copious perspiration, after repeated draughts of the tea or decoction. It makes a good wash for aching teeth, and a suitable drink for those who have the bloody flux, or dysentery. The leaves with a little nitre, decocted, will relieve griping pains, and shortness of breath. It is good for inflamed liver. Used with salt, it removes wens, kernels, or hard swellings in the flesh or throat. Dr. Copeland recommends Balm to be infused with Liquor­ice-root, Anise seeds, Fennel seeds, and Coriander seeds; 21 drachms each of the Balm of Liquorice, and 1 drachm each of the seeds to two pints of water. Dose from 1 to 2 ounces.
  • Fresh leaves of Balm, 8 ounces;
  • Lemon Peel bruised, 4 ounces;
  • Nutmegs and Caraway seeds, each 2 ounces;
  • Anise seeds, 1 ounce;
  • Cloves, Cinnamon, Angelica root, of each 1 ounce.
  • Infuse for 3 weeks in a quart or more of Brandy, and well cork in bottles.

    Some make tea of it combined with Hyssop, and Blackberry- leaves, which very much resembles that from China.
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