A versatile fragrant herb with multiple uses
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a bushy perennial herb in the mint family with tasty lemon-scented leaves and cream-white or pale purple flowers. The Lemon Balm flowers are extremely attractive for bees and other pollinators. The leaves are edible and can be used to give a lemony kick to salads, sauces and fish dishes, and make a refreshing herb tea. Lemon Balm is an important herb for herbalists and aromatherapists. Always consult a medical professional or a qualified herbalist before using this plant or its essential oil medicinally.
Scientific Name: Melissa officinalis
Plant Life Cycle: Perennial
Germination time in days: 14-21 days
Sunlight: Full sun
Soil requirement: well drained
Sowing and cultivation: Sow seeds indoors from March to May and keep soil temperature between 13-15C, They will need light to germinate. When large enough to handle, and after progressive exposure to outdoors temperatures, transplant them outside. Space plants by 45 cm in a well drained soil in a sunny spot.