Commonly known as lemon balm, is a fragrant herb belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae).
Leaves: Heart-shaped, wrinkled, and bright green leaves with a distinct lemon fragrance when crushed.
Stems: Square-shaped stems, typical of plants in the mint family.
Flowers: Small, white to yellowish flowers borne in clusters.
Culinary: Lemon balm is used in culinary applications, particularly in teas, salads, and as a flavoring for various dishes. It imparts a mild lemon flavor.
Medicinal: Traditionally, lemon balm has been used for its calming and mild sedative properties. It is often used to alleviate stress, anxiety, and promote relaxation. It is also used for digestive issues.
Aromatic: Lemon balm is grown for its pleasant lemon scent, making it a popular addition to gardens and potpourris.
Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil is ideal. Lemon balm can adapt to various soil types.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist. It prefers regular watering but can tolerate short periods of drought.
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade. It can thrive in different light conditions.
Hardiness: Lemon balm is hardy and can tolerate a range of climates. It is often grown as a perennial.
Harvest the leaves as needed, especially before the plant flowers for the best flavor. For medicinal purposes, leaves can be harvested throughout the growing season.
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