This Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa Officinalis, is a member of the Mint family, with lemon-scented and mint-like leaves with green foliage and sharp-looking edges. It’s commonly used in refreshing drinks, salads, and poultry to add a lemony taste to it. Not to mention, they help in repelling mosquitos as well.
- Plant height: 4 to 6 inches
- Pot diameter: 3 to 5 inches
We also recommend putting herbs like Lemon Balm in our cocopots as they thrive well in them too.
History & Health Benefits
This herb for sale in Manila is native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia. Lemon Balm was originally cultivated as food for Bees, as they would rub its leaves on beehives to increase honey production. They not only attract Bees for pollination but as well as hummingbirds and butterflies too! This was also traditionally used as medicine for over 2000 years, as the Arabs used this herb to treat heart diseases. In the Middle Ages, it was believed to treat earaches, toothaches, pregnancy sickness, fix crooked necks, and prevent baldness.
Lemon Balm has many health benefits including reducing anxiety and stress, boosting cognitive function, treating cold sores, aiding indigestion, and improving sleep. They also contain Vitamin C and B, and their essential oils are also rich in nutritional value.
This herb for sale in Manila needs at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun a day, meaning, they thrive best outdoors or near a window that has access to bright sunlight. This herb likes its soil well-draining, sandy, and on the dry side. They like to be under-watered than over-watered since they can recover much easily with wilting leaves due to thirst compared to being over-watered. A go signal to water them is when the top inch or so of the soil has dried up already. Once to twice a day watering should be enough. Make sure that the water completely drains at the bottom of the pot as well.
When propagating this Lemon Balm for sale in Manila, choose a healthy stem, cut about 2 to 3 inches of it, and remove the leaves on the bottom. You can place the cutting in either a glass of water or straight into soil. If you chose water propagation, you can wait about a month or so for its roots to grow before you transplant them. Make sure to leave it in a bright area in your home!