Lemon balm is an herb that is so overlooked in cooking. It’s an herb with a strong taste that brings unique flavors to any recipe.

Today, I want to introduce you to one of my newly discovered herbs.

The MIGHTY LEMON BALM!

Are you familiar with this delightful herb? How do you grow it?

I have enjoyed growing it in my yard and would love to share my love of it with all of you.

lemon balm plant in growing in a grow bag

What is lemon balm?

Lemon balm is a very aromatic and ambrosian herb. It’s part of the mint family and originally from Europe and Mediterranean basin.

It’s fragrant herb that grows from snow melt to around Christmas time. The deep green, luscious color makes it stand out in any garden.

They grow to about 25inches which makes them easy to put in any area of your garden. I find that they are easy to grow around other herbs and plants so you don’t need to worry about putting them in a specific location.

macro photo of a lemon balm leaf
Isn’t the lemon balm leaf a very mesmerizing sight?

It’s has mostly been used in teas because of its staggering health benefits. Just one cup of lemon balm tea can sooth you from the inside out. Put it into a cinnamon tea and you have the most potently healthy tea.

What’s unique about this herb is that It has a very lemony and pepperminty flavor. It’s an herb whose taste your taste buds will definitely never forget. Chew on the leaves and feel your mood instantly improve.

This herb should be in more cuisine because it will give your recipes a fresh flavor.

How to grow a lemon balm plant

top view of potting soil in a grey grow bag
Start with growing just a few lemon balm herbs in a grow bag.
  • Make small holes using the back of a wooden spoon in the soil (about an inch deep).
a brown wooden spoon's handle being used to make a hole for the lemon balm seeds
You don’t need to make large holes to plant the seeds
  • The number of holes will depend on the size of your grow bag. I normally don’t make more than 4 holes per grow bag.
a brown wooden spoon's handle being used to make 4 holes
Make small 1-2 inch holes in the potting soil and add the lemon balm seeds
  • Place 3 seeds in each hole and cover with potting soil
top view of lemon balm seeds in a white plate
lemon balm seeds have a very distinctive look
  • Cover the hole with potting soil, lightly water the top and place in indirect sunlight. They need 6 to 10 hours of sunlight everyday.
soil covering the holes where lemon balm seeds were placed
Growing lemon balm is as easy as putting the seeds in soil and watering them.
  • They should start sprouting within days and they will continue growing on their own.
What is lemon balm and how to grow it
These herbs are so quick to sprout.

Watering them

  • Water them every other day because they don’t need too much hydration.
  • They prefer rain water, so, I like to collect rain water in (Affiliate Link) small containers.
  • When I am away, I place water in a glass bottle and turn it upside down in the grow bag. This will keep it watered slowly.

Harvesting

closeup view of lemon balm in a glass bottle with water
Lemon balm is a very easy herb to grow at home.
  • I like to take to pull the whole plant from the roots and bring it in doors.
  • I place it in a glass bottle that’s filled with water.
  • Finally, I cover the top of the lemon balm with a bag or a shower cap. Refrigerate it. You can keep them counter top but I think they last longer in the refrigerator.
  • You can also just trim the tops and the herb will continue to grow.

It’s health benefits

lemon balm plant in growing in a grow bag
Lemon balm grabs the attention of anyone. That distinct green color with the serrated leaves are very distinctive.
  • Improves mood
  • Helps fight insomnia
  • Good for the digestive system
  • Has a cooling effect on your body
  • Helps improve the respiratory system

Source: Fruition Seeds, Mount Sinai, Mountain Rose Herbs, Herb Society.

Answering Common Questions

What’s the scientific name of lemon balm?

It’s scientific name is Melissa Officinalis.

Can I grow them hydroponically?

Yes, you can grow lemon balm in water. It’s very easy to do. They can be grown hydroponically just like basil and mint.

Can you eat fresh lemon balm leaves?

Yes, its a good herb to chew on. It is safe to consume in small doses. If you don’t want to eat them raw. put them in pestos or teas.

Can I put lemon balm in my water?

Yes, this herb is safe to add to your daily water. It adds a nice peppermint and lemon flavors to your water. It also has a soothing effect on your digestive system and has antioxidant properties.

Is a lemon balm plant invasive?

Yes, they can take over spaces if they are not restricted. What I like to do is to grow it in it’s container. This way, the plant’s growth is controlled. Also, It’s easier to manage it when you grow it in a planter and not in the ground.

A branch of lemon balm placed in a glass bottle with water in it.
Harvest lemon balm and then place it in a glass bottle with water. They will last longer.

Recipes for lemon balm

lemon balm plant in growing in a grow bag
This herb grows very quickly, so, you don’t have to wait long to enjoy them.

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