Latin Name: Melissa officinalis
Facts about Lemon Balm:
Also known as Bee Balm.
Lemon Balm is a perennial herb from the mint family.
Grows well in rich, moist, well-drained soil and prefers partial to full sun.
Produces small white flowers.
Supports any native pollinators. Excellent mosquito repellent. This plant must be grown only in pots, do not transplant them in soil. Exceptionally aggressive spreader in the garden.
Due to its fragrant leaves, it attracts a variety of pollinators. Try growing this plant with other flowers as it grows well with companions.
It also can deter unwanted insects such as mosquitoes and gnats.
Lemon Balm was traditionally used for the medicinal properties as it could sooth digestive problems, for pain, for mental disorders, and to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Lemon Balm was also used to ease people who had trouble sleeping, restlessness, and anxiety.
lemon balm is also used as a Quito repellent and in dishes to eat.