Jackie French: A balm for mad dog bites, baldness, and melancholy

By Jackie French
Updated May 5 2018 - 11:20pm, first published May 3 2018 - 2:04am

According to medieval legend, Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) will cure all of the above. Warning: do not rely on this. It is extremely unlikely it will help at all. I suspect most of the "cures for mad dogs" were like the medieval cures offered for the plague: it would be unlikely that the patients would live long enough to blame the medical practitioner when they didn’t work.