Lemon Balm Seeds
Lemon balm is a perennial herb. It grows up to 70-150 cm tall. The leaves are aromatic and have a nice lemon scent and flavour. The plant produces little white flowers full of nectar which attracts bees, hence the name Melissa, which is Greek for honey bee. Lemon balm helps to calm the nerves. It is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks, and to help improve sleep. Fresh leaves taste great in salads and stews.
Growing Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a perennial herb that is hardy in zones 5 to 9. The plant grows well in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of around 6.9. If growing indoors, be sure to surface sow the lemon balm seeds as light will help it to germinate. Press the seed firmly into a sterilized soil mixture that you have already watered. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. If starting the lemon balm seeds outdoors, surface sow the seeds and then lightly cover with soil or sphagnum peat moss. Once the plants are established they can tolerate dry conditions, but it is better to give them lots of water once the soil starts to get dry.
Lemon Balm Uses
Lemon balm is used in a variety of dishes, it can be cooked with meat, added to stews and eaten fresh in salads. It makes a delicious herbal tea that provides many health benefits. It’s also used as an oil, salve, aromatic, used in toothpaste, and can even be used as an insect repellent, amongst many other things.
The herb is said to promote more vivid dreams and can help induce lucid dreams. Lemon balm helps calm the mind and has been found to improve cognitive performance. It also helps improves the vividness of dreams.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm is a great herb to add to your garden; it provides you with fresh leaves from late spring to the fall, to make delicious lemon balm tea with. Although the tea has a sedative effect it also stimulates and improves cognitive function. The tea will help calm your nerves and release stress. Anxiety sufferers may benefit from the tea. If taken at night it will help you to fall asleep and improve the quality of your rest.
The younger leaves have the best flavour. To prepare fresh tea, harvest the top leaves until you get a good handful. Place in the tea pot and add boiling water. Let the tea steep for at least 10 minutes. The flavour of lemon is amazing, it’s not overpowering and it is slightly sweet.
There are many uses for the oil. Lemon balm salve or oil can be used topically to treat colds sores, herpes, and other rashes. Lemon balm essential oil is used as an aromatic to help to improve mood, calm the nerves, and relieve stress and anxiety.
Lemon Balm Benefits
Lemon Balm provides many health benefits, and has been used since ancient times. Here are some of the benefits:
- Proven to increases cognitive function.
- Provides a calming effect that can be used to reduce anxiety or stress.
- The calming effect also helps to treat insomnia.
- Has antiviral and antibacterial components to help fight off colds and the flu.
- Can be used to treat cold sores and herpes.
- High in antioxidants.
- Aids in digestion.
- The aroma of it’s essential oil can be used to relieve headaches.
- Lemon balm oil can be applied to the skin to be used as a mosquito repellent.
There are many more health benefits that the lemon balm herb provides, whether you eat it, drink it as a tea, or use the oils.