Lemon balm tea
Lemon balm is one of my favorite herbs for growing in my indoor and outdoor gardens. Lemon balm is, in fact, classified as being part of the mint family, and it makes a perfect cup of tea. In today's article, I will be sharing how I make herbal tea using lemon balm in three different ways.
Before making any of these tea recipes, rinse the leaves of the lemon balm off first to remove any dust, etc.
Lemon balm sun tea
For this recipe, I use several sprigs of lemon balm. Leave the leaves intact with the stems. Place the lemon balm inside a large sun tea jar and fill it to the top with water.
Set the jar out in the sun and allow the lemon balm to steep all day. Once the sun has gone down, bring the lemon balm tea inside. Then take the sprigs out of the jar and add the sweetener of your choice. Place in the refrigerator to allow the tea to get cold or serve over ice.
Hot lemon balm tea
When making tea with dried & fresh lemon balm. I use a mesh material, with string, to tie the herbs. Then I steep the little packages in hot water for several minutes. I like adding black tea in with my lemon balm. However, you could use any other type of tea or enjoy it just as it is. Once it's steeped, add in your choice of sweetener.
Lemon balm: for one gallon of herbal tea
- 4 family sized green tea bags or 16 regular sized tea bags (depending on high stout you prefer your tea)
- ½ cup lemon balm
- 1 gallon of water
- ½ cup of granulated Splenda or sugar
- Optional: Sprigs of spearmint
Add two cups of water into a tea kettle or pan, place on medium-high heat. Once the water starts to boil, remove it from the burner.
Next, add the black tea, lemon balm, and spearmint (optional). Let this steep for several minutes. Then remove the lemon balm and tea bags.
Next, add the tea to a gallon pitcher. Add ½ cup Splenda or sweetener of your choice. To finish making the tea, add water and stir.
I usually put a handful of crushed ice in the pitcher at this point, but you don't have to.
When using cold brew tea bags. Don't steep in hot water. Instead, while you're steeping the lemon balm, steep the cold brew bags separately in a pitcher.