Lemon bee balm has long been associated with bees. The botanical name “Melissa” is derived from the Greek word for bee. Medieval beekeepers would rub lemon balm on the inside of a beehive to encourage bees to nest there. Anyone who has grown this herb will testify that the flowers, though small, will attract bees.
Honey made from the nectar of these flowers is extremely light, nearly clear. The flavor of this honey is light, sweet and with hints of lemon and mint. It is excellent in teas, and drizzled over fresh fruits.