All About Lemon Balm and Lemon Balm Tea Recipe

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has an amazing lemon flavor. It is also used in many ways such as medication, for health purposes, to soothe, reduce anxiety, and gently calm. It is native to the Mediterranean and has medicinal and culinary uses that date back over 2,000 years.

Types of Lemon Balm

Lemon balm has several varieties that are all used in so many ways. We listed down the most common and popular ones and the features of each:

Lemon Balm Type

Features

Lime 

  • has bright-colored leaves
  • has a strong lime scent
  • very beneficial to the body as well as helps boost the aesthetic of your garden

Variegated 

  • used as an herb in many culinary dishes
  • also used as an essential oil or in aromatherapy

Quedlinburger 

  • is used in the cosmetic industry and aromatherapy due to its bountiful essential oil content

Lemonella 

  • the variety of lemon balm that is most fragrant
  • has lots of culinary uses such as in soups and salads

Aurea 

  • if you like lemon juice, you should try aurea lemon balm leaves

Citronella

  • can be used as an effective mosquito repellant
  • can also attract bees for pollination

Lemon Balm Uses

We often get asked what the uses for Lemon Balm are, and here are our favorite answers:

  • Lemon Balm Tea with Honey (you’ve come to the right place), and
  • As a substitute in cooking for dishes that call for lemon zest, lemon balm extract, or lemon rind

Regardless of the season, there’s always time to enjoy a healthy and refreshing tea. Without further ado, here’s our Lemon Balm Tea recipe!

It’s All About The Lemon Balm

When you buy commercial lemon balm tea it’s going to come dried, but if you’re able to use fresh lemon balm it’s going to taste way better! If you’ve come to the end of your lemon balm plant's life, however, and have more than you’re able to consume at the time, then you can dry it either by hanging it upside down in the kitchen or in a low-temp oven.

To learn more about how to grow your own lemon balm indoors, click here.

Lemon Balm Tea Benefits

There are many benefits and positive effects you can get from drinking lemon balm tea, here are just a few of them:

  • It can help reduce anxiety
  • It may boost cognitive function
  • Can be used as a treatment for sleep disorder
  • It may help improve sleep quality
  • It may be used as treatments for headache or toothache pains

Lemon Balm Side Effects and Risks

Lemon balm can be very beneficial to the human body as well as to so many other things, however, just like most herbs, lemon balm may give you some side effects or risks, too, as they may contain certain components and interact with medications or supplements.

For these reasons, herbs such as lemon balm should be consumed with precaution, especially by people who are:

  1. with child
  2. with thyroid disorders
  3. taking sedatives
  4. pregnant or breastfeeding

How To Make Lemon Balm Tea

So how to make your lemon balm tea? It’s very simple, all you have to do are these 4 steps:

  1. Pick around 1 cup of lemon balm leaves for each cup of tea you’re wanting to make
  2. Gently roll the lemon balm leaves into a ball with your hands. Breaking them up a little helps release the essential oils and aroma
  3. Place the leaves in your teapot with a little honey (to taste). Add boiling water.
  4. All to sit for 2-3 minutes, then pour to serve

Easy, right? Now; where’s my blanky and book?

Other Lemon Balm Recipes and Uses

Lemon balm can be used in so many different recipes other than teas. They’re also known to help with a lot of common human body problems such as:

  1. indigestion
  2. poor cognitive function
  3. insomnia
  4. anxiety
  5. stress

If you’re interested to know more about the uses and recipes you can make with lemon balm, check this out.

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