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Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a hardy, perennial herb that is widely used in both the culinary and medicinal worlds. It is known for its lemony aroma and flavor, as well as its calming effects. Lemon balm can be grown indoors or outdoors, and makes a great addition to any garden. Use the guides below to learn how to plant and grow these tasty plants and find tips on how to use them. New to lemon balm? Start with our primary growing guide.

Tips for Growing Lemon Balm Indoors

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Aromatic and citrusy, lemon balm can be used to flavor a variety of beverages and foods from cocktails and tea to pesto. Plants are easy to grow in the garden and go dormant in cold weather, but you can still enjoy this tasty herb year-round by growing plants inside. Learn how to grow lemon balm indoors in this guide.

How to Control Lemon Balm and Keep It from Taking Over

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Learn easy and effective strategies for keeping lemon balm under control in your garden or landscape. Our guide will help you easily manage the herb’s overgrowth and create a beautiful, thriving garden. Enjoy an abundance of lemon balm in areas you desire rather than where it chooses to sprout. Read more now.

How to Grow and Use Lemon Balm

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Looking to add some life to your herb garden this year? Try growing lemon balm. This lovely perennial member of the mint family is a vigorous grower with a pleasant lemon-like flavor and a long list of medicinal, culinary, and other uses. Read more to learn how to grow and utilize this spirited herb.

The Benefits of Lemon Balm Tea and How to Make the Perfect Infusion

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Lemon balm is an abundant aromatic herb that offers a multitude of healing benefits! The easy-to-grow herb provides plentiful harvests during summertime and the aerial parts make a delicious and calming herbal infusion that can be prepared hot or cold. Make a cup for yourself or a larger pitcher to share with friends!