Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a lemon-scented herb that comes from the same family as mint. The herb is native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia, but it’s grown around the world. Lemon balm has said to soothe symptoms of stress, and anxiety help you to relax, and boost your mood. It is a perennial herb that grows best in cool weather. It has lemon-scented, mint-like leaves that are often used to make refreshing, lemony hot and cold drinks. The leaves also add a tart lemony flavor to green and fruit salads as well as meats and poultry. Bushes up to 50 cm and a good bee attractor.
Sow: Sow seeds indoors about 2 months before transplanting lemon balm into the garden after the last spring frost (late Sept to Oct for many Tasmanian locations). Seeds require light to germinate so do not cover them or cover them only lightly with fine soil. Can sow up to February.