The Canberra Times
Sunday, 3 December 2023

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

By Jackie French
Updated May 6 2018 - 9:20am, first published May 3 2018 - 12:04pm

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.