Melissa | Latin name: Melissa Officinalis | Aromatic waters by distillation of Flowering Tops | Plant family: Lamiaceae
A sweet-scented herb about 60cm high, soft and busy with bright green serrated leaves, square stems and tiny white or pink flowers. Native to the Mediterranean region but now common throughout Europe, Middle Asia, North America, North Africa and Siberia. It is mainly cultivated in France, Spain, Germany and Russia.
Hydrolats, aromatic waters produced by steam distillation of botanical materials during the production of essential oils. Hydrolats are gentle and effective, containing only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material, also microscopic drops of the essential oils.