BALM (melissa officinalis)

by t/e/u/



Piece for inclusion on the forthcoming Folklore Tapes release The Folklore of Plants Vol.I. Unmastered.

"Researched and executed by 31x artists. Twelve-inch vinyl and download code. Fourty page A5 pamphlet includes plantlore and illustrations from artists and herbal medicine section by herbalist Zoe Naylor. Twenty eight page pocket A6 booklet Oak, Fern and Daisy: ‘The Folklore, Culture and Magic of the Plant Kingdom’ By Jez Winship. Download of the 16mm film by Mary and David. All contents housed in plant relief printed manilla sleeve. Contains seed envelope harvested by FT group" — David Chatton Barker

BALM, a fragrant herb, Melissa officinalis, of the Deadnettle order (Labiatae) with opposite, ovate, crenulated leaves, which are wrinkled above, and small white or rose-spotted flowers. It is a native of central and southern Europe; it is often grown in gardens and has become naturalised in the south of England and grows apparently wild as a garden escape in North America. The name is from the Greek μέλισσα, the plant being visited by bees. Bastard Balm is an allied plant, Melittis Melissophyllum, a southern European species, found in the south and south-west of England. — Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911

"Balm is sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy" — John Evelyn: English writer, gardener and diarist.




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