Marlene is a food and beverage fanatic. She particularly loves foods and beverages that have quick and easy recipes.
I was at the local home improvement store when I spotted the potted plants just inside the exit in the gardening center. The fresh lemon balm caught my eye because it was so green and beautiful. I truly enjoy the flavor of lemon in recipes, so I could not resist picking up a container and bringing home a lemon balm plant for my own back yard.
It turns out that lemon balm tea is known for bringing a calm and peaceful feeling to people who suffer from anxiety. I found that after drinking it, I sleep better at night. I don't toss and turn, and I sleep soundly all night long. Some people also drink it to help alleviate hot flashes.
Here's how to make a tasty, calming iced tea.
Prep and Cook (Steep) Time
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
2 hours 10 min
Serves eight people eight ounces of iced tea
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- 1 cup lemon balm, chopped
- 1/2 gallon water, boiled
- 32 - 40 ice cubes
- Place the chopped lemon balm in a container large enough to hold ½ gallon of water. (I used a large ceramic mixing bowl.)
- Boil ½ gallon of water.
- Pour the boiled water over the lemon balm and cover with a lid. (I used a large dinner plate to cover the bowl.)
- Let this mixture steep for at least two hours.
- Strain through a colander and pour into ½ gallon container with a pour spout.
- Add 4 to 5 ice cubes to each 8 oz. glass.
- Pour steeped and strained tea into each glass.
Reported Benefits of Lemon Balm
- calms anxiety
- restores depleted energy
- helps with sleep
- helps with hot flashes
- decongestant and antihistamine properties help with asthma and hayfever
- antibacterial and antiviral properties
- used as an anxiolytic, sedative, and relaxant