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    Lemon Balm
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    ZONE: 4-9
    EXPOSURE: Full Sun
    SIZE: 18"H x 15"S
    BLOOM: Cream, Summer
    POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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    Melissa officinalis

    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: Perennial in zones 4-9

    Size: 18"H x 15"S

    Light: Full Sun

    Bloom: Cream, blooms through 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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