Having strong lemon-scented leaves, Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is commonly used for making tea, which was a favorite of French King Charles V in the 14th century. It is said to have a calming effect on children and also is soothing for upset stomachs. (Perennial in zones 4-9)
Each packet contains approximately 250 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Low maintenance plants thrive in sites with moist, well-drained soil and partial shade. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date or direct sow on the surface after all danger of frost has passed. Thin seedlings 12- to 15-feet apart and trim back occasionally to keep plants tidy.
Gather young leaves and use fresh in salads or teas. For best flavor, pick in the early morning when aromatic oils are at their flavorful peak. To dry, tie in small bundles and hang upside down in a well-ventilated area. Store in air tight jars and use as needed.