With the dominant herb of Melissa, this gentle, calming liqueur with its fusion of thirteen organic herbs, helps ease our troubled minds.
Melissa, more commonly known as Lemon Balm, is a hardy, lemon-scented perennial with oval, toothed-edge leaves. Its flowers, which appear in summer, are small and pale yellow, aging to a pinkish white.
With cooling and sedative properties, Melissa is used both internally and externally to assist in a number of health-related challenges. Working primarily as a sedative and anti-depressant, Melissa is widely used to treat anxiety and insomnia and other sleep disorders. It is known to relieve stress-related headaches and digestive problems as well as calming anxiety, panic attacks, hyperactivity and irritability.
Various studies of this special herb also demonstrated its ability to relax muscles thus assisting with menstrual cramps, urinary spasms, gastrointestinal disorders and other minor cramping difficulties and spasms. It can also assist with the treatment of cold sores, shingles and other viral afflictions, as well as acting as an insect repellent. In its broader application, Melissa has properties that soothe, relax and rejuvenate.
A study detailed in Prevention magazine, September 2004, showed that students using Melissa exhibited an increased ability to concentrate, to be calmer and less stressed during tests, and remarkably, to performed significantly better when compared to students on a placebo.
Melissa is blended and balanced with the other twelve herbs in Tapestry to create a rich and mellow liqueur. When breathed and drunk deeply, the aromas and flavours of these herbs are believed to touch the deeper, older parts of our brain opening us to new perspectives on our life’s journey: to soothe, renew and revitalize body and soul.
Perhaps it is little wonder that Paracelsus, the sixteenth century physician and alchemist, referred to Melissa as the ‘Elixir of Life’.