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Sweet Melissa

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MELISSA / (mel-lis-uh)/ n. / 1. / A popular women’s name that means “bee” in Greek; n. / 2. / Also known as lemon balm, a strong, bushy plant about 60 to 90 cm. tall with oval, intensely green leaves containing serrated edges; / n. / 3. / A highly adaptable, lemon-scented herb that prefers moist, well-drained soil, but can also handle dryness and can thrive in both sun or partial shade; / 3. / A prized skincare ingredient with medicating properties capable of striking a balance between oily, dry, and sensitive areas, e.g., “Melissa treats the nose to a citrusy aroma and the skin to an impressive balancing act.”

Try it: Dr. Hauschka Melissa Day Cream, $39.95, at www.drhauschka.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Hauschka

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