Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Perennial, growing quite 3 feet high and spreading
rapidly. Its delicious scent and ﬂavour have made it a
universal favourite in this country for many centuries.
Succeeds either in full sun, or part or full shade.
Propagate either from seed or from rooted stolons any time
in late Summer or autumn. It is nearly always possible
to pull off rooted bits. Balm seeds itself abundantly
and the seedlings can be planted out any time in damp
weather. Plant out an inch apart, and the following
spring transplant to permanent position. Ultimately
the plants take up at least 3 feet each way. Ordinary
garden soil is suitable.
Balm is often grown in herb gardens to attract bees which help pollinate the rest of the garden.
Balm is a member of the mint family and is considered a calming herb. This herb has been used for centuries to reduce anxiety, promote sleep and improve symptoms of indigestion.