How To Grow, Use & Harvest Lemon Balm

How To Grow, Use & Harvest Lemon Balm

One of the easiest (in my experience) to grow from seed, rooted cuttings, or by root division

Adds a lemon aroma wherever it is planted

Lemon Balm is relaxing and soothing for the nerves

It calms anxiety & also acts to restore depleted energy and revitalize us

Said to act as a decongestant and antihistamine,  helping with chronic problems like asthma or allergies

Balm prefers loose, somewhat fertile soil

Thrives in full sun but likes some shade  during the hot part of the day or it will wilt slightly

Lemon balm that is shaded during the hottest part of the day will have deep green leaves and a  stronger aroma. In full sun, or poor soil, lemon balm leaves become yellow and  loses it’s strong scent

Balm does not send runners (like mint) ~ it’s self seeding

Plant next to other vigorous growers (perennials) because  balm competes for space

Sweet yet invasive herb

Grows from 2 to 2-1/2 feet tall, bushes out laterally, so give them some side space

Trim plants to maintain bushy appearance

Clip back when it flowers

Mulch so it’s root system will survive the coldest winters

Drought tolerant ~ I rarely water (doesn’t like wet feet)

Harvest and it comes back with vigor everytime. Leave several leaves on the plant to prevent it from dying

If you keep it harvested and  don’t allow it to go to seed it stays under control

To harvest ~ cut the whole stems 3-4″ from the base of the plant, gather into groups of 5-6 stems,  tie and hang in a warm, airy location.

When dry, strip off the leaves,  store in a covered container and use as needed

Or wash some after harvesting to use fresh

Divide in the spring or fall

Take cuttings in midsummer to bring in for the winter

Grow from seed ~ start indoors in late winter & transplant

Lemon Balm Uses

Lemon Balm, week 2

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Lemon Balm Astringent 

1 Tbsp. fresh Lemon Balm
1 cup witch hazel
Combine the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Allow to steep for 1 week. Strain. Use 1 teaspoon per application with a cotton ball. Refrigerate if you wish.


Lemon Balm, week 3

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Lemon Balm Herbal Oil Infusion

Chop the Lemon Balm and place it in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Cover the Lemon Balm completely with olive oil or other oil.

Allow the Lemon Balm to infuse into the oil for at least 2 weeks ~ shaking it daily.

At the end of two weeks strain the Lemon Balm from the oil infusion to prevent mold.

Label the Lemon Balm infusion and store it in a cool, dark area.


Lemon Balm, week 4

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Add a handful of Lemon Balm to a hot bath to help skin ailmentsLemon balm aids in cleansing by opening the pores

Use Lemon Balm with seafood or vegetables.

Combine Lemon Balm with mint in cooking to enhance the flavors of both herbs

Lemon Balm makes a good substitute for the flavor of lemon in recipes when there is no lemon on hand

Add Lemon Balm to foods and beverages that use mint to give them a mild lemon flavor

Add Lemon Balm to hot black tea with mint

Lemon Balm is used as a conditioner for oily hair



Lemon Balm, week 5

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Lemon Herb Butter
2 tablespoons
lemon balm, chopped fine
2 tablespoons thyme, chopped fine
1 cup butter, softened
Cream butter and stir in herbs.
Chill for at least 3 hours to allow flavors to blend.Lemon Balm facial
Boil 1/4 cup of lemon balm in a quart of boiling water and then hold your face close to the bowl, using a towel to form a tent around the bowl and trap in steam.

After 10 minutes, rinse your face with warm and then cool water

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