Allow me to introduce you to lemon balm. This lemon-scented herb is related to the mint family, and it’s common in Asia, Africa and Europe. It’s gained traction globally, though, so you can now find it fresh or dried almost everywhere. It is one of those trendy superfoods, but trust me in this one, lemon balm is the real deal!
What’s so special about lemon balm? It soothes you, reducing anxiety levels and stress. It might also boost your brain functions and even help you sleep better. All this is promising, but how to make the most out of the herb? By making lemon balm tea. A delicious cold glass of lemon-scented deliciousness.
Making lemon balm tea is super easy, and you can use both fresh and dried leaves. As a rule of thumb, always use three times more fresh leaves than their dried version. This goes for cooking, too!
The healthy and versatile tea might just be what you needed to feel a little better through the day, and since it’s an all-natural product, there’s no downside. Are you ready to make your own?
To make lemon balm tea, you’ll need lemon balm leaves and water. You can sweeten the tea with anything, from zero-carb alternatives to granulated sugar. I like mine with honey, so that’s what I’m using in the recipe below. Use your favorite sweetener, though.
The final touch is a splash of lemon juice. This is totally optional, but it balances the tea’s sweetness while enhancing the minty personality in the leaves. Try it, and you’ll love it.
This is a tricky question to answer because we all like our infusions differently. That goes for all teas. You might like your infusions strong and bitter or mild and fragrant.
I recommend steeping the lemon balm leaves for one minute and taste the tea. You can soak them a bit more if you want a more intense infusion. There’s no right or wrong answer here.
The same goes for the sweetness. Sometimes I enjoy my infusion sans-sugar, while others I make it extra sweet.
Here’s a final tip. Brew the lemon balm tea and chill it in the fridge for a lovely lemon balm iced tea!
In a kettle, boil a cup of water.
Fill a tea infuser with the lemon balm leaves and steep them in hot water for one minute or more if you want the tea stronger.
Sweeten with honey and squeeze a splash of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!