Watering: Drought tolerant, Lemon Balm isn't fussy about water. It prefers consistently moist soil, but can hang on in between waterings if needed.
Soil: Also not picky about its soil, so long as it drains fairly well. For best results, it needs a pH of anywhere between 6.1 (mildly acidic) and 7.8 (mildly alkaline).
Comments: A terrifically aromatic herb, Lemon Balm really emits a great lemon scent. Plant it in your garden to attract beneficial butterflies and bees, or pot it to enjoy its fragrance indoors! Great for making teas and adding a light lemon flavor to desserts, fish and other dishes. Medicinally, it can help treat cramps and nausea, and it naturally contains properties that helps to heal cold sores more quickly!
Lemon Balm is a refreshingly humble member of the Mint family, which means like its spicier cousins, it is a vigorous grower. Easy to grow and maintain, you can prune Lemon Balm into beautiful mounds in the fall for lovely spring shapes.
Lemon Balm has been used for centuries by bee keepers to encourage a higher return of bees to their homes by crushing and sprinkling it on their hives. It was believed that the lemony aroma would help attract and direct them to the correct hive.
A lovely citrusy culinary herb, Lemon Balm adds a wonderful zest to salads, fish, drinks and more! Try lining your cake pans to infuse your desserts with natural lemon flavor, or by making a Lemon Balm marinade for your next steak. By using this flavorful herb, you're cutting down on the amount of sugars used to artificially produce the same taste, and infusing your food instead with nutritious natural lemony flavor.
Scent of Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm's pleasing lemon scent is activated by bruising or crushing the leaves, and when rubbed on your skin or clothing, it will help naturally deter biting insects and mosquitoes.
Medicinally,Lemon Balm has been proven to cure cold sores very quickly due to its active antiviral polyphenols contained in the essential oils. Traditionally it has also been used to cure nausea, colic, tooth aches and anxiety. Its antispasmodic properties can also lessen the effects of coughing fits and muscle spasms.