Lemon Balm, and it’s benefits as a medicinal herb were noted by early Greek and Roman scholars and physicians

Melissa officinalis

Lemon BalmEarly American colonists used it as flavoring and medicine. Many put lemon balm on dog and scorpion bites, or in wine for patients to drink.

The true fans of lemon balm, however, were the Arabs, who believed that lemon balm was good for heart disorders and for lifting the spirits.

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Best growing Zones and soil type for growing lemon balm:

Growing lemon balm and Propagation:

Planting Lemon Balm Seeds: To germinate, the seeds of lemon balm need both light and moisture for several weeks, and can be very slow to germinate. Replant lemon balm seedlings outside in partial shade when they are several inches tall.

Root division of Lemon Balm in the spring is by far the most effective method of propagation.
  1. Lemon Balm plants 3-4 years old should be dug from the garden. Gently loosen any remaining soil from the lemon balm roots.
  2. Carefully separate the lemon balm roots using a knife or garden fork.
  3. Take care to ensure that each root division has a section of the upper shoots and healthy roots.
  4. In the spring plant the Lemon Balm seedlings about 16 inches (40cm) apart in sunny, protected location in moist soil and water regularly.
  5. You need not worry if your herb garden soil and location is less than optimum. Lemon Balm is a very hardy plant and, once it is established, is capable of thriving in poorer soils and partial shade.

how to harvest lemon balm:

How Long to Dry Lemon Balm depends entirely on the method of drying lemon balm you have chosen.

using lemon balm: