How to harvest Lemon Balm
Leaves can be harvested throughout the year and used fresh. Leaves and flowers can also be dried or oil extracted for later use.
How to propagate Lemon Balm
Sow seeds during Spring and Summer; Sow about 6 mm deep; Germination time about 7 - 15 days.
Divide in Spring or Autumn. Replant clumps directly into new position.
Easily grown from stem cuttings rooted in water.
Special features of Lemon Balm
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Once established, it is drought tolerant and can even be used in a rock garden.
Great specimen to plant in a pot as this limits its vigorous spreading habit as it tends to re-seed itself easily.
Grows vigorousy and the fragrant foliage can make a pretty background in a flower bed.
Other uses of Lemon Balm
Fragrance, medicinal, ornamental (pot pourii), beds, borders, colour
Externally used in the treatment of cold sores, insect bites, insect repellant (citronella oil), aromatherapy. Used as a tea for digestive problems, calm and relieves stress and anxiety.
Traditionally used as a calming herbal tea. Leaves and Flowers used in tea, salads and cooked foods, often in combination with other herbs. The extract and oil are used as a flavoring for ice cream.