Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) C/s Leaf

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Melissa Officinalis, is a perennial member of the mint family whose leaves have a taste and scent comparable to lemon. For this reason, this species is commonly known as lemon balm, which is not to be confused with bee balm (monarda species), another member of the mint family. Lemon Balm grows well with monarda and salvia species and makes a good border plant. Growing to about two feet in height, this easy-to-grow perennial is used as a mosquito repellent. The crushed leases, when rubbed on the skin, will act like citronella. The plant blooms from June through October bringing bees into your garden that will pollinate plants. In late summer, the blooms are especially rich with nectar. The aromatic leaves are often used to make teas or extracts. They are said to have both antiviral and antibacterial properties. Fresh leaves, like other mints, are occasionally added to iced tea while dried leaves are often used alone to make a hot tea that is said to have very effective sedative properties. Additionally, lemon balm is used as a flavoring and a potpourri while its essential oil is employed in aromatherapy. SEEDS ALSO AVAILABLE!

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