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Lemon Balm
Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis

The lemon balm plant - also known as melissa - is a bushy, perennial herb belonging to the mint family.

It has square stems, soft and intensely lemon-scented leaves and small, white or pale yellow flowers growing in clusters.

Lemon Balm leaves.

The plant is native to Southern Europe and Northern Africa.

Today it grows wild in most countries and is a common herb in many kitchen gardens.

Lemon balm is rich in antioxidants.

The lemon-scented leaves are widely used in cooking, to flavour salads, soups, sauces, vinegars, fish, schnapps, vodka and liqueurs.

Oil from the plant is used in anti ageing products, dietary supplements, tinctures and ointments.

Lemon balm is also very popular as an ingredient in herb teas.

And it's one of the main ingredients in liqueurs such as the French Benedictine and Chartreuse.

Lemon balm attracts bees and was originally grown as a bee plant - if you rub an empty beehive with the leaves it will attract new "tenants".


Liqueur making based on the schnapps recipes here on my site is easy. Just add a simple sugar syrup to your schnapps and store it for a while.
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You can create your very own and unique schnapps and liqueur blends by blending different alcohol infusions.
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If for some reason you are not satisfied with your schnapps, there are ways to adjust both taste and flavours. 
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