Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm. Photo sent in by R. Bergerson of MN.

Lemon Balm

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Useful in cooking, herbal teas, and home remedies. Very pleasant tasting.
Lemon Balm
Melissa officinalis

'Lemon Balm' is an ornamental plant that grows up to twenty-four inches tall and makes a really nice border along well-traveled walkways; brushing by the plants releases a wonderful lemony aroma into the air. It flowers from the late summer into early fall and attracts honey bees and other pollinating insects.

Also known as "Common" or "Sweet" balm, 'Lemon Balm' was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, was introduced into Spain in the 7th century, from where it spread into Europe where it is documented as being domesticated and cultivated as early as the 1500s. Since it was an important plant in herb gardens, it was brought to North America with the earliest settlers and was documented as being grown at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson in his 1794 herb list.[3]

Lemon Balm is one of the ingredients included in the secret recipe of the protected "Spreewald Gherkins," called Spreewälder Gurken or Spreewaldgurken in German, which are a specialty "pickle" from Brandenburg, Germany. Lemon Balm is used as a culinary ingredient to impart a light, lemony flavor to fruit dishes, candies, salads, pasta, fish, chicken, marinades and sauces.

A hardy perennial in USDA zones 4-9. Each packet contains 0.25 gram, which is approximately 450 seeds.

Medicinal Herbs Historically, a pleasant tasting tea was made from the leaves and used for its calmative and carminative properties.[1] Its calming and stimulating effects have been used to treat symptoms of nervousness, fainting, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, excitement, and depression.

'Lemon Balm' is the main ingredient of "Carmelite Water," ("Eau de Carmes") also referred to as "Melissa Water" ("Eau de Mélisse"), it is an alcoholic elixir that has been in constant production for hundreds of years and is still sold, primarily in pharmacies, as a comforting and invigorating tonic ideal for digestive problems, fatigue, hot flashes, stress, and motion sickness.  

Modern studies indicate that hot water extracts (decoctions) have antiviral effects against mumps and herpes. Extracts are mildly sedative and so promise for treating anxiety and as a sleep aid. Because of this, Lemon Balm should be used cautiously when combining with sedative substances to avoid over sedation. Use caution when combining alcohol and Lemon Balm to minimize sleepiness. You should also exercise caution when driving or operating dangerous equipment.[4]

Vaporization Temperature The reported preferred temperature for vaporizing and aromatherapy is 288°F (142°C).
Growing well for us! Smells great in tea!
So I tried to start this in the greenhouse with all the other plants back in February. For whatever reason, it did not like it. I tried again when I started putting things in the ground, this time I just decided to drop some seeds in a spot that gets some sun in the afternoon and evening. It is growing very well. No pest problems and it smells great in tea! I'm going to grow again next year and won't bother with starting them early.

Victory Seeds® Notes: Keep in mind that this plant is a perennial and is pretty hardy. If you live in USDA Zone 4 or higher, the plants will go dormant and return the following year. Additionally, if you don't regularly harvest it prior to flowering and going to seed, it does readily re-seed itself. Please refer to the "Cultivation / Harvest Information" tab for more information. ~Mike
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Grayslake Il,. on 7/26/2019
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I started this indoors and then moved it out to my little herb bed - and it has thrived beyond all expectations! Not nearly as invasive as mint, but clearly a relative. Lovely large clump that has choked out everything around it, so think carefully before planting. That said, it has a lovely aroma and flavor and is a favorite for munching when wandering the garden. It has also survived -10 degree days in winter and hot, humid summers, and another plant has been in a container for 2 years, surviving astonishing neglect and bouncing back every time I thought I had finally killed it from lack of water. It appears rather indestructible.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Cincinnati, OH. on 1/28/2020
Grows amazing, through summer and winter!
This plant is an evergreen here in Dallas-Ft. Worth, surviving temperatures down to 10ºF and up to 110ºF!! The leaves taste and smell good, and the plants grow about six inches tall. They don't grow very fast and are not at all invasive. Cuttings from these plants root well too.
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Reviewed by:  from DFW, Texas. on 3/2/2019
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