Melissa (Melissa officinalis L.) 30g
Ingredients: Melissa — 100 %
This undemanding plant of the Labiatae family is a popular adding to various gardens and orchards. It's major characteristic is the distinct, lemon-like scent (thus the name of the plant).
Depending on the location, its climatic conditions, the stage of the herb's development and age, leaves and blossoms accumulate from 0.01 to 0.33 % of essential oil, containing 16 terpenes, dominated by citral (75-85 %). This essential oil is known for its soothing effect. Moreover, raw Melissa contains about 150 mg% of vitamin C, organic acids, about 5 % fermenting substances and mucus, while seeds — up to 20 % of fats.
The pleasant scent of its essential oil, makes Melissa a popular additive in perfume and liquor production. You can also freeze Melissa leaves in ice cubes for cocktails and cold drinks. Fresh Melissa leaves can be used to season soups, sauces, fish and poultry. While dried leaves can be used for various herbal teas.