Lemon Balm

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.

BioDiversity Benefits:

  • 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.

Historical Use:

  • 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.