Lemon balm is an aromatic green wonder that is very easy to take care of. Often called an “elixir of life,” this herb has a long history as a medicine and cooking ingredient.
Lemon balm is a perennial essential oil plant from the Lamiaceae (mint) family. The ancestral home of this herb extends from the eastern region of the Mediterranean to Persia and North Africa. It is 11-47 inches (30-120cm) tall with a strongly branched rhizome and underground sprouts.
The stem of Melissa officinalis is tetrahedral and covered with short, gentle hairs. The leaves are petiolate and can be ovate or rounded-rhombic in shape. The flowers are grouped in clusters of 6-12. Their colors range from blue-white to lavender. This beautiful plant flowers from June to August and bears shiny black seeds.