Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis, or better known as Lemon Balm, is a refreshing herb largely overlooked! With its mild lemon flavor and many medicinal properties, this little jewel warrants inclusion in your garden. 
Lemon Balm aids in digestion problems- upset stomach, bloating, vomiting, colic; pain relief- headache, toothache; and has a calming effect that is good for- anxiety, restlessness, sleep disorder, nervousness...and the list goes on, to include high blood pressure, tumors, and insect bites.

On these hot summer days, what's better than some refreshing ice tea! This time I made my ice tea with Lemon Balm! 
It's easy to make...but beware, it doesn't last long! First, heat up hot water on the stove, while it's heating up go grab a handful of Lemon Balm. Rinse the leaves and steep them in the hot water for 5-10 minutes. 

You can use a tea infuser to hold your leaves, but I just toss them in loose. 
Discard the leaves, add sweetener (with sugar or honey), and enjoy either hot or cold! 


-Live Simple, Be Happy- 
Magnolia Holler


  1. I love lemon balm. I am finally growing some this year! Thanks for the recipe. Pinned it :)

  2. Delicious! My lemon balm went crazy this spring so I used it quite a bit. I make my tea a little bit different. I actually use tea bags like I'm making normal sweet iced tea then I just add in some lemon balm (and mint leaves if I have some) while the tea bags are steeping. I love it!

  3. Good Afternoon to you, Snap, we are birds of a feather as I recently posted how to make mint tea. I have never tried lemon balm tea, so I will have to buy some seeds and grow some in my garden.
    I have enjoyed my visit and I have become a new follower. I am now going to read your post about garlic.
    I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! where you will be most welcome.
    Best Wishes to you,

  4. My husband just mentioned making Lemonbalm tea this week for it's medicinal qualities.

    Thanks for sharing at the Creative HomeAcre Hop. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week!