- by partyvan
- February 21, 2015
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Lemon Balm has a long history, dating back to ancient Turkey where it was planted near bee hives to encourage the bees to return to the hive rather than swarm away. Furthermore, it was planted and used by the beekeepers of the Temple of Artemis to help keep the sacred honeybees content.
Lemon Balm was carried into Europe through Spanish trade routes, eventually making its way into the monastic gardens throughout Europe. It was included in the formula for Carmelite water, a drink and perfume developed and closely guarded by the Carmelite friars and used as a drink to ward off nervous headaches and as a perfume to bring good cheer while masking strong odors in medieval and renaissance Europe.