Exceptional Herb - Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm 200 Seeds

Fresh lemon balm leaves to use in teas or chicken and fish dishes. Like many other herbs, lemon balm can lose its flavor in cooking, so add it near the end of the cooking process. Create your own herbal tea by cutting a few stems of lemon balm, putting them in a glass, pour boiling water over them, and allow them to steep for about 15 minutes.

 

The best for the plant when it is cut back periodically, so use lots of fresh, flavorful leaves to brew your own tea, flavor fruit or green salad, and season fish. Growing lemon balm loves warm weather. After all danger of frost has past, set lemon balm plants in rich soil where it will receive some shade during the day. Lemon balm likes rich, moist, but well-drained soil.

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Exceptional Herb - Lemon Balm


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Planting, Soil and Care

The best for the plant when it is cut back periodically, so use lots of fresh, flavorful leaves to brew your own tea, flavor fruit or green salad, and season fish.

 

Growing lemon balm loves warm weather. After all danger of frost has past, set lemon balm plants in rich soil where it will receive some shade during the day. Lemon balm likes rich, moist, but well-drained soil.

 

Lemon balm will bloom toward the end of the season. Plants may look tired when this happens, but if you snip the leaves regularly, flowers will hardly have a chance to form.

 

Uses

Fresh lemon balm leaves to use in teas or chicken and fish dishes. Like many other herbs, lemon balm can lose its flavor in cooking, so add it near the end of the cooking process. Create your own herbal tea by cutting a few stems of lemon balm, putting them in a glass, pour boiling water over them, and allow them to steep for about 15 minutes. Enjoy your tea hot or with ice.

 

Lemon balm is used as a flavouring in ice cream and herbal teas, both hot and iced, often in combination with other herbs such as spearmint. It is a common addition to peppermint tea, mostly because of its complementing flavor.

Exceptional Herb - Lemon Balm

Lemon balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), common balm, or balm mint, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family Lamiaceae.

 

It grows to a maximum height of 70–150 cm (28–59 in). The leaves have a mild lemon scent similar to mint. During summer, small white flowers full of nectar appear. It is not to be confused with bee balm (genus Monarda), although the white flowers attract bees, hence the genus Melissa (Greek for "honey bee").

 

The leaves are used as an herb, in teas, and also as a flavouring. The plant is used to attract bees for honey production. It is grown as an ornamental plant and for its oil (to use in perfumery). The tea of lemon balm, the essential oil, and the extract are used in traditional and alternative medicine, including aromatherapy. The plant has been cultivated at least since the 16th century, but reliable medical research is still working to establish the safety and effects of lemon balm.

 

Uses

Lemon balm is used as a flavouring in ice cream and herbal teas, both hot and iced, often in combination with other herbs such as spearmint. It is a common addition to peppermint tea, mostly because of its complementing flavor.

 

Lemon balm is also paired with fruit dishes or candies. Additionally, it can be used in fish dishes and is the main ingredient in lemon balm pesto. Its flavour comes from citronellal (24%), geranial (16%), linalyl acetate (12%) and caryophyllene (12%).

 

Traditional medicine

In traditional Austrian medicine, M. officinalis leaves have been prescribed for internal use—as a tea—or external application—as an essential oil—for the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, nervous system, liver, and bile.Lemon balm is the main ingredient of Carmelite water, which is still for sale in German pharmacies. In alternative medicine it is used as a sleep aid and digestive aid.

 

Lemon balm essential oil is popular in aromatherapy. The essential oil is commonly co-distilled with lemon oil, citronella oil or other oils.

 

Cultivation

Lemon balm seeds require light and at least 20 °C (70 °F) to germinate. Lemon balm grows in clumps and spreads vegetatively, as well as by seed. In mild temperate zones, the stems of the plant die off at the start of the winter, but shoot up again in spring. Lemon balm grows vigorously; it should not be planted where it will spread into other plantings.

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Growing lemon balm loves warm weather. After all danger of frost has past, set lemon balm plants in rich soil where it will receive some shade during the day. Lemon balm likes rich, moist, but well-drained soil.