Lemon Balm also known as (Melissa officinalis), is a member of the mint family. It has a distinct lemony scent. This plant grows best in the full sun, but, will tolerate and thrive in moderate shade.
It grows well in a pot in the home. This is great for those of us that want to benefit from all its medicinal properties. If gardening is not you thing we recommend you purchase lemon balm and all of you herbs at Mountain Rose Herbs.
The plant has small light yellow or white flower clusters that bloom in spring through late summer. These flowers are very fragrant and have nectar that attracts bees. Melissa means “honey bee” in Greek. This plant is also known as bee balm, Melissa, honey plant, sweet balm or English balm.
This herb is used by many in their arsenal of herbal tea remedies. Drinking lemon balm tea and utilizing the oils of the leaves, this perennial herb was used long before the Middle Ages. Citronella candles used to ward off mosquitoes use the oil of this plant. I found that interesting.
This herb is known for its calming effects it has on the body and spirit. For those that have enjoyed a warm cup of this tea, you not only enjoy the sweet lemony taste, you experience the scent of lemons and the calming of your nerves.
Lemon balm tea is also known to:
Many mix this herb with other medicinal herbs for a great stress reducing tea. Try making a blend of chamomile and valerian for a stress buster tea.
Make Lemon tea and enjoy the health benefits, as well as the fragrance to have your spirits lifted. It’s easy.
To make this tasty herbal tea from your garden, take the leaves from your plant and place in a dark and dry area to allow them to dry for 24 hours. Longer is OK. Drying the leaves is an important part of this recipe.
The leaves will smell like lemon and lift your spirits, even before your first cup of tea.
Bring you water to a rolling boil and place the dried leaves into the water. Allow to boil for 5 to 20 minutes depending on your taste. Strain into your cup and enjoy.
For iced lemon tea, make a little stronger and pour over ice. Sweeten to taste. Garnish with leaves of the plant or mint from your garden.
You will enjoy this tea both hot or iced.
It also works well as an addition to fruit salads. I have also added it to baked fish for a delicate lemony flavored taste. You will find my recipe here.
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
1 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Grated lemon peel of one lemon
1/2 Cup lemon balm tea
Juice of 1/2 lemon
About 12 or so leaves of washed and dried Lemon Balm, chopped
1/4 Cup lemon b tea
1/4 Cup of sugar
Pre-heat oven 350 and grease loaf pan.
Cream together until light and fluffy the vegetable oil, sugar eggs and lemon extract.
Add the dry ingredients and the lemon peel, stir only until blended.
Add the lemon tea , lemon juice and the chopped fresh lemon balm.
Spread this mixture into your greased baking pan.
Bake in a 350 oven for about 50 minutes, remove from oven. Mix ¼ cup of lemon balm tea with ¼ cup of sugar and spread over the top of the lemon balm tea bread while it is still hot.
Allow to cool in pan. Remove from pan and cool well before slicing.
Present this Lemon Balm Tea Cake to your friends at you next tea party get together.
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