Lemon balm is a herb that is a relative to the mint family. It is a native to Europe and the Mediterranean.
The leaves of the lemon balm tree have a lemon scent. The tree blooms with small white flowers that are full of nectar. Bees and hummingbirds love the lemon balm tree. The lemon balm tree is cultivated here in the United States. Some cultivars are known as citronella, lemonella, and lime. Lemon balm is often used to flavor ice cream, candy, herbal teas, and fruit dishes.
The lemon balm has its uses in herbal medicine. The leaves can be crushed and rubbed on the skin, this makes an excellent mosquito repellant. Lemon balm is often used to make a herbal tea. It is known to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemon balm is also used as a mild sedative for anxiety or sleep problems. Lemon balm contains a very high amount of antioxidants. Lemon balm is used in aromatherapy and to make perfume. Lemon balm is very soothing and aromatic and is often added to herbal toothpaste. Lemon balm contains eugenol that is known to relax muscles and numb tissues. This herb has commonly been used as a sedative and as an antispasmodic.