LEMON BALM MELISSA – Melissa officinalis


A spreading lemon scented perennial growing to a height of 60cm. Frost and cold sensitive, the plant may die back in winter but should regenerate in spring. Prefers full sun or partial shade in rich, moist soil and loves to be cut back. Pick fresh leaves as required but best flavour is in spring. Fresh leaves and flowers are used in salads, cool summer drinks and the leaves are used in stuffings and sauces for poultry and fish.

Medicinal uses: Lemon balm herbal teas are pleasant flavoured and calming, and help improve digestion. The dried flowers and leaves can be added to potpourri and herb pillows.