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Min Publications has an alternative therapy article that mentions:

Around AD 1000, the Persian herbalist Avicenna recommended lemon balm "to make the heart merry." In Europe, this herb was sipped in cordials.

For a more modern source, the University of Maryland Medical Center explains:

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb

Is it true?

  • Removed obsolete comments. – Sklivvz Dec 30 '11 at 17:46
  • I started to write up a lengthy answer, explaining that there was a lot of research showing that Lemon Balm (a.k.a. Melissa officinalis) has some effect on mood, Alzheimer patients, colicky babies, etc. Then I looked more closely at the second link and found my references were all covered there. What are you looking for that the second link doesn't provide? – Oddthinking Dec 31 '11 at 2:30
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    To be honest the OP did not add the second link, DVK did IIRC. – Sklivvz Jan 1 '12 at 12:45

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