Lemon Balm is Official Herb of 2007

Lemon Balm  Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) is a lemon-scented member of the mint family. A native to southern Europe, it is a perennial that will over-winter in hardiness zones 4 to 5.  

As it grows, the lemon balm plant develops multiple branches, growing to a height of about two feet. Leaves are often 2 to 3 inches long, oval to almost heart shaped, shiny and wrinkled texture with scalloped edges. Small light blue to white flowers appear in late spring through midsummer.

 

Lemon balm has a delicate lemon scent and flavor. It is often used as a culinary, cosmetic and medicinal herb.

 

Fresh sprigs are used as garnishes for cold drinks and on salads and main dishes.

 

Fresh or dried leaves make a refreshing iced or hot tea.

 

Dried leaves are used as an ingredient in potpourri.

 

Lemon balm essential oil is used in aromatherapy and in creating perfumes.

 

 

And more Home Gardening Info

 

More Horticultural and Plant Use Info

  

Medicinal Uses for Lemon Balm

 

History, Cultivation and Medical Uses

 

My favorite lemon balm recipe and an herbal leaflet for you.

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