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Lemon Balm

DAYS TO SPROUT

DAYS TO
SPROUT

7-14 days

MATURES IN

MATURES
IN

70 days

TASTE IT FOR

TASTE IT
FOR

8-12 weeks

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Care & Harvest

✂️ Pruning: Remove leaves with brown spots if they appear. Check the roots monthly and trim any that are brown or extending past the yPod

🌿 Harvest: Harvesting frequently helps prolong the plant’s life. Pinch off individual leaves, or use clean shears to cut stems above growth nodes. Once the plant reaches 10 inches, you can begin trimming larger outer leaves. Ensure you harvest only up to a third of the height of the plant at a time, to ensure it continues growing.

Quick Facts

Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family and is native to Southern Europe and Northern Africa

Lemon Balm has bright green, wrinkled, heart shaped leaves with toothed edges and square stems. Lemon Balm flowers are small and white, but they can also have a yellow or pink tint.  

 

Lemon Balm produces a bright lemony scent, attributed to its volatile terpenoid composition that relays a sense of relaxation. Lemon balm has been used throughout the ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, and ease digestive discomfort. 

 

Lemon balm contributes high antioxidant activity via flavonoids, rosmarinic acid, gallic acid, and other phenolic species, such as quercetin. Extracts of lemon balm have been shown reduce oxidative stress and repair oxidatively damaged tissues.

Fresh sprigs of lemon balm are frequently muddled in refreshing drinks and cocktails. The herb provides a vibrant citrus note to fruit salads, summer salads, poultry, and fish. Fresh or dried leaves can be used for teas, soup flavorings, and for medicinal purposes. Leaves are best used fresh for optimum flavor and health benefits, but they can also be dried for later use. Given the appreciation for its scent, lemon balm oil is also used to make perfumes.

Harvest to Plate Recipe

How To Cook Lemon Balm

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon balm leaves chopped
  • cup water
  • teaspoon raw honey (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Chop the lemon balm leaves to release their oils. Set aside.
  • Heat the water in a cup in the microwave or on the stove until boiling.
  • Mix the leaves and water in a mug and allow to stand 10 minutes to steep.
  • Stir in honey and strain if desired. Drink warm.

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