Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis 2' hardy lemon scented perennial herb of old eurasia. The genus name, Melissa, comes from the greek for "honeybee" alluding to the long association of the plant with that productive insect. Demeter, Greek goddess of the harvest's priestesses were known as the Melissae, much like the honeybee hive with its one queen and female worker bees. Among beekeepers its said that one can attract swarms by rubbing the leaves on the interior of empty beehives. The scent released is similar to the bees own pheromone released to call other bees. A humble plant with many uses. Makes a mild, calming tea for children and adults. ~100 seeds.

Collections: Herbs

Category: Herbs

Type: Herb

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