Lemon balm is a member of the mint family known for its lemon fragrance. It makes a soothing tea often used for medicinal purposes. According to the Boston University School of Medicine, lemon balm has traditionally been used to treat a number of complaints including stomach problems, ADHD, headaches, high blood pressure, Grave’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Things You'll Need
Gather 2 to 3 tbsp. of fresh lemon balm leaves or use 1 to 3 tsp. of dried leaves per cup of tea. Place the leaves in a tea ball or leave them loose in the cup or tea pot.
Wash fresh leaves to remove dirt and debris.
Fill a pot or kettle with fresh, cold water in the desired amount. Bring to a boil.
Turn off the heat and pour the water over the tea leaves. Stir gently or dip the tea ball a few times. Allow the tea to steep for 8 to 10 minutes.
Serve with honey or sugar if desired.
Use lemon balm leaves fresh, dried or frozen to brew tea. Serve hot or iced. The leaves have a pleasing fragrance and the flowers attract beneficial bees to the garden.
References and ResourcesUniversity of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension; Herbal Tea Garden; Layne White; September 2000
University of Vermont Extension; Homegrown Teas; Dr. Leonard Perry
Carleton College: Lemon Balm
Boston University School of Medicine; Melissa Officinalis; Martha A. Maguire, et al.