Melissa Officinalis. Lemon Balm has been grown for centuries as an herbal remedy and culinary herb. The strong lemon-scented leaves can be used to make tea or added to a salad. A perennial in zones 4-9, while a member of the mint family, Lemon Balm actually prefers light dappled shade and moist soil.
Considered a calming herb, it was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion. Mostly used in tea (either fresh or dried),
To dry, cut lengths of stems from plant (gently dip in a sink full of water to clean). Bunch stems together into loose bundles with a rubberband and hang them in a dark, well-ventilated, warm area until leaves crumble. You can also use a dehydrator. Once dried, store them in an airtight container.
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