Lemon Balm


Common name : Lemon Balm, Balm Mint

Scientific name : Melissa officinalis

Family : Lamiaceae

Native land : Southern Europe, Eastern, Mid-Western and Pacific North-West states

Lemon balm is a bushy herbaceous perennial of the mint family. The leaves are wrinkled, ovate, medium and green. Tiny, two-lipped, white flowers appear in the leaf axils throughout summer. The leaves are edible and may be added to salads, soups, sauces or vegetables and are also used to flavour teas. The plant also has a history of herbal medicine usage for a variety of purposes. It is typically grown in herb gardens and border fronts for its lemon-scented leaves.

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