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Organically grown hardy perennial plant. This plant enjoys a sunny or partially shady spot and prefers moist, well-drained soil, though it is equally happy growing in a pot.
The creamy-white flowers appear through the summer and are wonderful support for pollinators, so they would be ideally suited for a wildlife garden.
When crushed, the leaves give off a lovely lemon scent, and animals may inhale the aroma when offered. The leaves can be dried, but they should be dried rapidly (+35oC) to ensure the volatile oil is preserved and are best harvested before the plant flowers.
Horses and dogs may select the plant when required (known as zoopharmacognosy) and have also known cats to select this plant. The fresh leaves can be used to make a tea which can be offered cooled alongside freshwater. This provides gastrointestinal support, particularly when related to stress.
Lemon balm also has antimicrobial properties, which could be beneficial on minor wounds - however, if applying topically, always ensure you offer before applying. It also has antiviral properties; it is mildly sedative and a mood enhancer. In Italy, the plant is fed to cows after calving to increase milk production, as such caution/moderation should be observed in pregnant animals. Studies suggest this plant may also improve cognitive function, which may be beneficial for older animals. Additionally, there is also some suggestion that lemon balm may slow thyroid function and, as such, may interact with thyroid medication.
The essential oil is often used to support anxiety. A hydrosol could be made from the leaves, providing similar support but as a milder option for selection.
We would recommend further investigation to ensure no additional contraindications with any medication or conditions your animal may have.
Plants are supplied in compostable bags.