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.
Fill your tea kettle with water and set it to boil.
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.
Pour boiling water into your teapot to cover the herbs.
Steep your tea for at least 10 minutes to allow the lemon balm to infuse into the hot water.
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.