In Greek, “melissa” means honey bee, and the flower is so named because of the attractiveness of its sweet, citrus fragrance for bees. But bees aren’t the only creatures powerfully drawn to the substance. Europeans have been utilizing melissa, also known as lemon balm, for over 2,000 years! Charlemagne, who united most of central and western Europe during the early Middle Ages, is even said to have ordered the melissa flower grown in herb gardens throughout his empire. Taking into account the traditional uses of the melissa plant for supporting general health, as well as its awakening, restorative nature, it’s no wonder Charlemagne hoped the people of his empire would make constant use of it.