Lemon Balm ~ Melissa officinalis
AKA: Melissa, Balm, Sweet Balm
A wonderfully easy herb to grow (sometimes too easy, it can spread!) but essential to have in the garden. The bees love the flowers and the mosquitoes hate the scent of the crushed leaves. On those days that you just feel like like cow turd. chew a fresh leaf of lemon balm and you’ll soon wonder what you were feeling down about in the first place! 🌿All my plants are grown organically.
- Growth Type; Expanding clump herb
Growing Lemon Balm
- Climate; Any
- Exposure; Partial shade to sun, can handle wind.
- Soil; Any
- Tip; Self seeds readily. Cut well back after flowering (or just before if you don’t want self seeding) dies down to a low mound during winter, but will shoot back up come spring.
Using Lemon Balm
- Parts Used; Leaves
- Medicinal Actions and Uses; Carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressive, diaphoretic, hypotensive, anti-emetic, aromatic, hepatic, nervine, tonic. Great remedy for cold sores and as I said above, to break up any melancholy. For more uses and herbal lore see Related posts
Disclaimer; The content on this website is not intended as a medical reference but as a source of information. I, SandRa Timmins (she), am not a qualified herbalist and recommend you see your GP or holistic practitioner before dabbling in herbal remedies especially for; serious/chronic conditions, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you are already taking pharmaceuticals. Treat herbal remedies with respect, they can be powerful.