Queen Bee’s Scent at Your Table

(Photo by Wikipedia/Gideon Pisanty (Gidip))

The world-renowned lemon wort or lemon balm has a scientific name derived directly from Greek mythology. Lemon balm’s scientific name is Melissa officinalis or ‘melissoxorto’ in Greek, meaning the wort (xorto) of the bees (Melissa).

According to the myth, the goddess Artemis was in love with bees and created the plant to embrace them. Since then, lovers use it as a lucky charm to keep their loved ones close. In reality, bees are highly attracted to the lemon-like scent of the …

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