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Lemon Balm
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Our Price: $6.95
ZONE: 4 - 9
EXPOSURE: Full Sun
SIZE: 18"H x 24"S
BLOOM: Cream, Summer
POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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Lemon Balm is a refreshingly humble member of the Mint family, which means like its spicier cousins, it is a vigorous grower. Easy to grow and maintain, you can prune Lemon Balm into beautiful mounds in the fall for lovely spring shapes.

Lemon Balm has been used for centuries by bee keepers to encourage a higher return of bees to their homes by crushing and sprinkling it on their hives. It was believed that the lemony aroma would help attract and direct them to the correct hive.

A lovely citrusy culinary herb, Lemon Balm adds a wonderful zest to salads, fish, drinks and more! Try lining your cake pans to infuse your desserts with natural lemon flavor, or by making a Lemon Balm marinade for your next steak. By using this flavorful herb, you're cutting down on the amount of sugars used to artificially produce the same taste, and infusing your food instead with nutritious natural lemony flavor.

Lemon Balm's pleasing lemon scent is activated by bruising or crushing the leaves, and when rubbed on your skin or clothing, it will help naturally deter biting insects and mosquitoes.

Medicinally, Lemon Balm has been proven to cure cold sores very quickly due to its active antiviral polyphenols contained in the essential oils. Traditionally it has also been used to cure nausea, colic, tooth aches and anxiety. Its antispasmodic properties can also lessen the effects of coughing fits and muscle spasms.
Features
Zones: 4 - 9

Size: 18"H x 24"S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: Cream, Summer

Uses: Lemon Balm has a very strong lemon scent and tastes great in dishes complimented by lemon, like salads and fish. Also known to heal cold sores quickly because of its antiviral properties, as well as aid in digestion, soothe nerves and cure colic. Very aromatic!

Tips: Lemon Balm can be very invasive as it is a hardy, self sufficient plant that self seeds. Cut back often or it can take over. You can also container plant it very easily to control spread. Also a potent insect repellent, try rubbing Lemon Balm on your clothes and skin to repel mosquitoes this summer!


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Very versatile lemon balm August 24, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Saint Petersburg, FL United States  
I have lemon balm in a container on my south-facing balcony and it is doing great!  I use it to make sun tea, add to salads, and chop into a sauce for fish.  I use it so often that I've had to buy additional plants.

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Smells Great June 5, 2015
Reviewer: Denise Perry from Elgin, OK United States  
My lemon balm is doing great. Initially it needed an adjustment period to our Oklahoma wind, but it is now putting on new growth. When I walk through the herb garden I love to bend down and brush it and whiff the wonderful aroma.

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Lemon Balm June 5, 2015
Reviewer: Joan Hopkins from Mt. Ida, AR United States  
My new arrival is still green and healthy.  I have it in a pot with my fennel hopefully high enough to deter the rabbits who love the fennel.  I am looking forward to lemon balm tea if it ever stops raining

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Wonderful flavor. April 20, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Florence, SC United States  
Love your herbs. I have been buying for a few years and have NEVER been disappointed. I really like Lemon Balm. I have used it for Lemonade- truly delish, as a garnish, and just for eating.

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Great little plants November 24, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Little Rock, AR United States  
I've grown these outside, but never inside until now.  They arrived, with 7 other herbs, on the coldest day of the season.  So there was some transport shock. But they're settling in nicely in their clay pots with a grow light.  They lost a few leaves, as did the other herbs, but are already putting on new ones.

This is such an attractive, sweet smelling herb with numerous uses.  I love my lemon balm.

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