Lime Balm has bright green leaves, a strong lime scent and flavor. A different strain than Lemon Balm with a distinct Lime flavor. Sweet fragrance is irresistible to children, gardeners and bees. Easy to grow and drought tolerant, this mint relative is best grown in containers if spreading is not wanted. Commonly grown herbal household remedy with a long tradition as a tonic that raises the spirits and lifts the heart.
The Greeks listed it in their Materia Medica as a healing agent against scorpion stings, insect and dog bites. The Greeks used an infusion of Lemon Balm and wine on insect bites or to cuts or scrapes to speed healing and treat and prevent infection. Pliny and several other ancient physicians believed strongly in its healing powers for wounds and inflammation prevention. Shakespeare mentioned it in The Merry Wives of Windsor as beneficial in making the house smell more festive and inviting to one’s guests. In the Middle Ages it was used to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort associated with digestion. It is often combined with other calming, soothing herbs, such as Valerian, chamomile, and hops, to enhance the overall relaxing effect.
Harvesting of leaves should be done before flowering for optimum fragrance, though any drying will significantly reduce the odor. The leaves are best used fresh if at all possible, and adding a couple of fresh leaves to a pot of tea will improve the taste. If drying, do so very soon after harvesting at 90° to 110°F and if using for teas, dry the stems as well.
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For the past 2 seasons, I have sold lime balm at farmers markets. The first year customers prefered this new flavor to the traditional lemon balm; last year, I had customers inquiring in April when I would have it for sale!
I ordered from your company for the first time last year and was very pleased with everything, especially the lime balm, which I was doubtful about, as different strains of Melissa rarely come true from seed in my limited experience. It was exceptionally lime-y and delicious : I look forward to trying more of your seeds!
I've always grown lemon balm before and was intrigued by the idea of lime balm. It not only looks better, with deep green leaves, but to me the fragrance is more mellow and completely lemony! It also holds up well in our Texas heat. I will definitely grow it again.