lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

  • Lemon balm is an easy to grow herb related to the mint family.
  • It doesn't establish well in small pots, it's better to plant it in large pots, or better still into the garden where it will grow 2 or 3 feet tall.
  • It's quite hardy and established plants will survive the winter outdoors, but don't cut back the growth until after the last spring frost, as this insulates the plant.
  • If you run your fingers through the leaves it releases a beautiful lemony aroma.
  • The leaves can be used in salads, dressings, herbal teas or juiced into green drinks.

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  • As a medicinal plant, lemon balm has traditionally been employed against bronchial inflammation, earache, fever, flatulence, headaches, high blood pressure, influenza, mood disorders, palpitations, toothache and vomiting
  • http://www.herbwisdom.com
  • Melissa is renowned among herbalists for its soothing, calming and anti-stress properties. This accounts for its long history of use as a mild sedative for tension and for promoting sleep. It's also an effective anti-infective agent.
  • http://www.thehealthierlife.co.uk
  • Taking lemon balm can boost memory as well as improve mood, researchers have found.
  • http://news.bbc.co.uk
  • The leaves and young flowering shoots are antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, sedative, and tonic
  • http://www.pfaf.org
lemon balm

lemon balm