Balm

Balm, a perennial sweet herb belonging to the mint family. It is also known as bee balm and, because of the aromatic lemon flavor of its leaves, lemon balm. It is native to Europe and Central Asia, but now grows in North America as well. The plant reaches two feet (60 cm) in height and has small, white flowers. Balm is used to flavor various liqueurs and teas. The leaves are used as a seasoning, and an oil extract from the leaves is used in soaps.

Balm is Melissa officinalis of the family Labiatae.

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