Mel (kendokamel) wrote in namesandorigins,
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A weed, a bug, or a goddess?

melissa officinalis - lemon balm

According to some accounts, Melissa was a goddess of some sort who took care of the infant Zeus and fed him honey. When Cronus found out, he got angry and turned her into a bug. Zeus, feeling sorry for her, but somehow unable to actually un-do the work of another god, yet still alter it... figured he'd at least change her from a nondescript bug into a bee so that she could continue to provide him with honey.
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