This aromatic herb is renowned for its mild minty-lemon flavor and odor. It can be used as a tea or as a green in salads or pesto. The tea has been noted for its calming, mildly sedating and clarity inducing effects. Researchers have found the extract of Lemon Balm to be high in antioxidants.
Lemon Balm is a strong attractor for pollinators when blooming, in fact it's latin name, Melissa, means "bee."
To start lemon balm indoors, sow on the surface of soil about 6 weeks before the last spring frost; provide moderate heat, but keep away from the hottest rays of sunlight. For best results, water lightly with a spray bottle or something similar. Transplant outdoors as soon as the seedlings grow big enough to handle, or after the last spring frost. To direct sow after the last frost, plant the seeds on the surface of the soil and keep it evenly moist until germination, which should take place within 2-3 weeks. Lemon balm prefers well drained or sandy soil and partial shade, but can grow in full sun. With proper handling, lemon balm grows well in containers. Drought tolerant. Perennial zones 4-9.