Today is the first day of summer and what better way to celebrate than some homemade garden grown lemon balm tea.
|First Day of Summer’s Garden Bounty|
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb with many uses. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion.The crushed leaves, when rubbed on the skin, are used as a repellant for mosquitos and is also used medicinally as an herbal tea, or in extract form. It is claimed to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemon balm tea is just the trick for stress and anxiety issues and a great way to start your summer.
Lemon Balm grows vigorously and should not be planted where it will spread into other plantings. It is often considered a weed and can get out of control quickly. So use it up make some tea!!
Leah’s Luscious Lemon Balm Tea (Iced):
You will need:
Mason Jars/ Tea Container
2 Handfuls of Fresh Lemon Balm
Optional: Lemon, Lime or Spearmint to add to taste
Boil a pot of hot water
Pick your lemon balm get about two handfuls
Wash in a bowl of cold water and shake to dry
Place in the bottom of the mason jar or container that you choose to use bruise and tear a few of the leaves to release the favor.
Add boiling water carefully and then add your honey and optional items to taste.
Let cool to room temperature and then place in the fridge for at least two hours.
For and added kick!
Chamomile Lemon Balm Tea:
Do the same as above but take freshly picked and dried chamomile put in a tea ball and steep in the lemon balm tea mixture they blend very nicely together and can really make you relax!
|Home Grown Chamomile and Lemon Balm|