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Herb Seeds

Lemon Balm Seeds

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Lemon Balm Seeds


Chemical-free farm-grown Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) seeds for organic growing.

All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.

1 pkg (approx 80-100 seeds)

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Common Names
Lemon Balm, Melissa, Balm, Balm Mint

Botanical Name
Melissa officinalis

The genus name Melissa is derived from the Greek word meaning honey, referring to its desirability to bees due to the abundance of nectar in the flowers.

Plant Family
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native Range
Europe and parts of Asia.

Life Cycle

Hardiness Zone

Grows to about 3ft tall in bloom. Lemon-yellow flowers.

Easy to grow and will tolerate a variety of conditions. Ideally they are given regular well-drained soil and full sun exposure. 

The seeds germinate easily and are best sown in flats in the spring and then transplanted out once they are big enough.

Lemon Balm is a herbaceous clump-forming perennial and one of the easiest plants to grow in the garden. It is unfussy and will grow in just about any condition. It must be grown in full sun to bring out the medicinal qualities. Lemon Balm self-seeds readily. 

The best time to harvest lemon balm is in early flower, through the blooming period. It is essential to wait until bloom time so that the volatile oils will be at their most concentrated in the leaves. The aerial parts can be gathered. The leaves should be stripped from woodier stems and these stems discarded.

Medicines should be made fresh if possible or from plants that have been dried quickly in the shade. The dried herb looses its medicinal properties over the course of a few months after drying.

Culinary Uses
Very aromatic lemon scented leaves are delightful in tea, cooking and baking.

Medicinal Uses
Lemon balm is a mood enhancer and restorative to the nervous system. It is helpful for tension and anxiety, specific for social anxiety, insomnia, frayed nerves, and agitation.

Lemon balm tea is great for calming children and adults alike. It is useful for easing upset tummies, as it is calming and antispasmodic to the digestive tract.

Lemon balm essential oil is used for the treatment of topical viral infections such as cold sores, genital herpes, and shingles. Using St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) infused oil makes a great carrier oil for this as it is also antiviral.

Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Container Garden, Low Maintenance.