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How to Make Lemon Balm Tea

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Overview

Lemon balm, called Melissa officinalis in the botanical world, is a delightful, fresh, lemony-tasting herb in the mint family. It has mild medicinal properties that make it appropriate for children---it can soothe a tummy ache and also relax the nerves, allowing sleep. Lemon balm is easy to grow and has the potential of spreading in your garden, giving you more lemon balm than you know what to do with. You can make lemon balm tea with either fresh or dried lemon balm leaves and flowering tops.

Step 1

Fill your tea kettle with water and set it to boil.

Step 2

Chop up fresh lemon balm (about one-half cup for a quart-sized teapot) or measure three to four tablespoons of dried lemon balm into a tea ball or strainer. Then place the herb in a teapot.

Step 3

Pour boiling water into your teapot to cover the herbs.

Step 4

Steep your tea for at least 10 minutes to allow the lemon balm to infuse into the hot water.

Step 5

Strain your tea (if you didn't use a tea ball or strainer) when you pour it into cups for serving. If you want, add sugar, honey or lemon to bring out lemon balm's delicate, lemony flavor.

Tips and Warnings

  • No safety problems have been reported with lemon balm, but people who have Graves' disease or other thyroid problems should be cautious about drinking this tea. As with all herbs, consult your doctor before you begin to use lemon balm medicinally, especially if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not take lemon balm along with barbiturates to assist sleep or reduce anxiety.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh or dried lemon balm
  • Water
  • Knife
  • Tea kettle
  • One-quart teapot
  • Tea ball or strainer (optional)
  • Teacups
  • Sugar, honey or lemon (optional)

References

  • Old Fashioned Living
  • Safety and Contraindications
Keywords: lemon balm, herbal tea, melissa officinalis

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens" and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to "Big Island Weekly," "Ke Ola" magazine and various websites. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University.