Growing Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a fragrant, hardy herb that is resistant to lots of pests and diseases and can withstand very dry spells.
Although you might not know the name “lemon balm”, you will more than likely have come across the herb in gardens across the UK.
Its lemony aroma and beautiful white flowers make it extremely popular with bees. In fact, traditionally beekeepers would plant it near their hives to encourage the bees to return home at night.
Grow your own lemon balm
Being a hardy little plant, lemon balm is easy to grow and will carry on year after year, as it is a perennial herb.
In fact, it grows so well that you had better watch to make sure that it doesn't take over the whole garden. Growing it in a pot will help control it and make harvesting it easier too.
Here's more information about how to grow your own lemon balm from Garden Organic.
Lemon balm uses
Lemon balm is part of the mint family and is said to be great at helping with stress and anxiety.
It's an anti-inflammatory and is used to treat dry skin and relieve insect bites, minor scrapes and cuts, and treat cold sores.
And we all know there is nothing nicer than a cup of tea to calm and relax us, so why not try pouring hot water over some lemon balm leaves and brewing it for about five minutes to make a nice, relaxing cuppa?
The essential oils found in the leaves is sure to leave you feeling serene.
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