Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, when pinched give off a mild lemon scent. Lemon balm has been used for its medicinal benefits for a very long time.
According to Web MD
"Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), vomiting, and colic; for pain, including menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia.
Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they take it for anxiety, sleep problems, and restlessness. Lemon balm is also used for Alzheimer's disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an autoimmune disease involving the thyroid (Graves' disease), swollen airways, rapid heartbeat due to nervousness, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites. Lemon balm is also inhaled as aromatherapy for Alzheimer's disease. "
This very informative video outlines all the benefits and research findings.
It's easy to grow Lemon Balm if you follow the steps outlined in this video.
Lemon Balm can be invasive if you let it seed. However, if you cut the plant all the way down right after it has bloomed, the spreading can be prevented. Here is a tip to prevent Lemon Balm taking over your yard...
I have started with a small pot of Lemon Balm right on my kitchen window sill
and will be collecting the seeds to plant in containers later on. This is a lovely looking herb and I can't wait to grow more of it.