PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Lemon Balm

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Melissa officinalis / Lamiaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  common balm, balm mint, sweet balm

CONDITIONS: sun/shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

lemon/mint

RAW/COOK

Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

lemon/mint

RAW/COOK

Summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT/CAUTION: Leaves - pleasant lemon-like aroma and flavour, they are used mainly as a flavouring in salads and cooked foods. A lemon-flavoured tea can be made from the fresh or dried leaves. Leaves also added to teas and fruit cups etc. They are used as a flavouring in various alcoholic beverages including Chartreuse and Benedictine.

 

CAUTION: Can cause irritation in high concentrates. Avoid during pregnancy. Care if sensitive skin.(1) Excessive mint exposure may cause an arthritic condition.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Antianxiety;  Antibacterial;  Antidepressant;  Antiemetic;  Antispasmodic;  Antiviral;  Aromatherapy;  Carminative; Diaphoretic;  Digestive;  Emmenagogue;  Febrifuge;  Sedative;  Tonic.(1)

        https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-437/lemon-balm

        https://draxe.com/lemon-balm

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Spearmint

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

        Essential;  Pot-pourri;  Repellent.(1)

        https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/12-things-to-do-with-lemon-balm   

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Melissa+officinalis   
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_balm
  3. https://herbs-herbal-supplements.knoji.com/edible-plants-lemon-balm-history-culinary-uses-and-nutrition
  4. https://www.farmflavor.com/at-home/cooking/growing-and-cooking-with-lemon-balm