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Recipe for Fresh Iced Lemon Balm Tea

Updated on June 14, 2016
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Lemon balm tea has the fresh, delicious lemon flavor you desire.
Lemon balm tea has the fresh, delicious lemon flavor you desire. | Source
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Enjoy the Essence of Lemon Balm

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.

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3.3 stars from 33 ratings of Fresh Iced Lemon Balm Tea

Prep and Cook (Steep) Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 10 min
Yields: Serves eight people eight ounces of iced tea
I loosely chopped the lemon balm to help release the oils and flavors.
I loosely chopped the lemon balm to help release the oils and flavors. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lemon balm, chopped
  • 1/2 gallon water, boiled
  • 32 - 40 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place the chopped lemon balm in a container large enough to hold ½ gallon of water. (I used a large ceramic mixing bowl.)
  2. Boil ½ gallon of water.
  3. Pour the boiled water over the lemon balm and cover with a lid. (I used a large dinner plate to cover the bowl.)
  4. Let this mixture steep for at least two hours.
  5. Strain through a colander and pour into ½ gallon container with a pour spout.
  6. Add 4 to 5 ice cubes to each 8 oz. glass.
  7. Pour steeped and strained tea into each glass.
  8. Serve.

Note:

For additional flavor, add a sprig of mint to the tea mixture during the steeping process.

Making this tea is very easy and fun.
Making this tea is very easy and fun. | Source

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

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Yes, poetryman6969. Lemon balm tea is a nice alternative to regular herb teas. I also like the added benefits.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Sounds like a nice herb tea for now and then. I like peppermint as well.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello truthfornow. Thank you for your feedback. Not surprisingly, I am actually sipping on a cup of lemon balm tea right now.

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      truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I drink lemon water. But, I have never heard of lemon balm. Sounds like it has many health benefits. I am for anything that can get rid of stress!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello rebeccamealey. Today is a heavy day for allergies. I'm going out to pluck some lemon balm leaves to make some tea. I hope you have a chance to try it to see if it works for you.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi pstraubie48. Lemon balm was a nice find for me. I don't see it in the grocery store, so I was amazed when I saw it in the nursery. It's a fun herb to grow because it is easy, green, and very fragrant.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks! I am going to try the lemon balm tea for my allergies!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for the heads up. I have not ever seen this before but will look in the little market that I visit that has a wide variety of items other stores do not.

      I do not have trouble sleeping but it sounds divine.

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. Shared pinned to Awesome HubPages and voted up

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Krista Schnee. I enjoy my lemon balm a lot. It's easy to grow, it's pretty, and it is so refreshing.

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      Krista Schnee 3 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      This is a great tip! I'd like to grow lemon balm in our garden. I've used the herb in the past and enjoyed using it in tea. Thanks for reminding me about it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi hempsuperfood. You're going to really like this lemon balm tea!

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      Diane 3 years ago from Colorado

      This looks and sounds great, I can't wait to test it out this weekend. Thank you!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi nArchuleta . Lemon Verbena sounds familiar. I think I have seen it in some natural cleaning solutions that use it for the scent. But I have never seen it at the garden center. Since it is hard to find, maybe lemon balm could be a substitute.

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      Nadia Archuleta 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      This tea sounds relaxing. Have you ever heard of/tried lemon verbena? I drank it all the time in Morocco. I've tried growing a plant with limited success. Maybe lemon balm will be my substitute! Thanks for sharing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi azrestoexp! You are right. This tea really hits the spot on hot days. It is very refreshing, even if you are not drinking it as a de-stressing tea.

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      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 3 years ago

      Informative and interesting hub, THANKS. Will be giving this a try soon as it sounds like the perfect drink on a HOT day. Vote up.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you for your compliment, samikan. Lemon Balm Tea is very fresh.

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      samikan 3 years ago from online

      look fresh......good post

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you Beltane73. I do think this lemon balm tea is worth giving a try.

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      Holly Kline 4 years ago from South Jersey

      Great hub! I can't wait to try this out.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      ello KenDeanAgudo. Thanks. I like lemon balm because it is easily grown in my garden, so I always have a fresh supply at any time.

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      Kenneth C Agudo 4 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      Looks healthy ;-) and refreshing . Nice hub

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi LensMan999. I am glad you like the recipe for iced lemon balm tea. Lemon balm is a naturally grown plant, so side affects may not be of much concern to most people. Still, like anything in the world, some people may be allergic to lemon balm (like people who are allergic to peanuts). I'm glad I'm not one of those who is allergic to either lemon balm or peanuts. So far, lemon balm has proven to be a safe tea for me to drink when I want something soothing and refreshing to drink.

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      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Thank you so much. Your hub gives a healthy message. I have never heard about this lemon balm tea before. As it is made of naturally, there will not be any side effects. I am very thankful to you for the recipe of the fresh lemon balm tea. Definitely I will try this now.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thanks for your feedback, laercio159! I'm so glad you agree.

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      laercio159 4 years ago from Palmas, Tocantins

      true...

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you for your positive feedback, mecheshier. I hope you have a chance to try lemon balm tea. I really like it a lot.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Great Hub... Lovely idea for lemon balm. A fabulous medicinal for many things. Voted up for useful and interesting.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Sue, thank you for reading and for your feedback. Also, thank you for sharing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello TheKatsMeow. Like you, I really enjoy the smell of lemon balm. I don't have a lot of it growing, but every time I walk by it, the aroma is so appealing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi TravelGoLightly. Lemon balms has become my "go to" brew when I need to relax and get a good night's rest. Isn't gardening fun? You're going to really enjoy growing lemon balm; it practically grows itself.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Marie Gail. According to one of the readers who grows and has a handle on lemon balm, it seems it is not an absolute "must" to brew the lemon balm the same way that I show here. It appears that the most important step is to make sure the leaves are crushed or cut to allow the oils to become infused into the liquid. So, I think it would work out perfectly if you cut or crush the leaves and then set out to brew in the sun. Thanks for a wonderful idea.

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      Lauren Craney 4 years ago from Mount Dora, Fl

      wow! great hub! thank you, I have never heard of lemon balm. I just recently started becoming a, "green thumb" and have many vegetables and herbs growing as I type, woohoo! Anyway, I will definitely buy some and plant it. I sometimes have sleep problems and I am all about taking the holistic route. Thanks a bunch!

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      This hub is perfect! I have a lot of lemon balm growing in my garden this year. I planted it because I liked the smell and it was offered. I was wondering what I could do with it and then I came across this hub. I am going to bookmark this for later use, thank you so much!

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I will definitely be trying this. Voted up and shared.

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      Marie Gail Stratford 4 years ago from Olathe, KS

      Sounds yummy! I don't usually like to boil water for tea when the weather starts to get hot. Would the effects of the lemon balm be as good if the tea was brewed like traditional sun tea?

      Love the idea of adding fresh mint!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi maheshpatwal. Thank you for your compliment. I hope you get a chance to try the lemon balm.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi prettynutjob30! I am not a medical advisor, but I can say with certainty, lemon balm has been a great help to me and my occasional insomnia.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Yes, indeed, LongTimeMother! I have a beautiful bag of dried lemon balm leaves. Everything went according to your instructions. I appreciate having the dried leaves because this assures I will never be without my lemon balm.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You are welcome, Kevin Peter. I am glad you enjoyed your tea.

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      maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

      Marlene what else who can ask, for in a place where day by day mercury is rising and making the living a hell... Lemon mint iced tea is the most preferred choice to beat the heat..... Lovely written. Voted up

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      I have never tried lemon balm before, it sounds like it would be helpful for conquering my occasional bouts of insomnia, voted up and shared.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      I'm thinking you should have a nice bag of dried leaves by now, MarleneB. Did all go according to plan?

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      I tried the lemon balm tea. Your instructions helped me to prepare it easily. It's a wonderful drink. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Yes LongTimeMother, the leaves are still a beautiful green. They are definitely drying well - shriveled around the ends, but still nice and green.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      lol. That's very nice feedback, MarleneB. I trust they are still retaining their green fresh look, even as they dry.

      Keep shaking them. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi LongTimeMother! I really enjoy your feedback. I have already clipped a bunch of leaves and started drying them in a paper bag. I shake them every time I walk by them and think of you each time. Thank you for that helpful tip. The leaves are drying wonderfully.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      Lemon balm is very helpful to have in the garden. It is also called 'bee balm' because it attracts bees, but if your bees are anything like my bees, the lemon balm just calms them right down. The happy herb works for them as well. :)

      I suggest you pick the leaves you'd like to dry before the plant flowers. If you nip the buds off early, the plant will just keep growing more leaves. However once a lemon balm reaches a significant size, it becomes quite a task to remove the flower buds. By then you probably have enough leaves for your needs anyway, lol.

      Always happy to spread the word about how useful herbs and other fresh foods are, and to help gardeners have success. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi LongTimeMother! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful tips. I was wondering about the best way to dry the leaves. I have more lemon balm than I can keep up with, so it's about time I dried some leaves to have handy. Also, I'm growing them in large pots and it's like you said, the plants now are really large. These plants are quite hearty. I didn't know they could grow so tall. They are so pretty, and now that I know they can grow tall, I would like to plant them into the ground and use them in a more ornamental way.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      How lovely to see a hub on lemon balm. I have been growing and using it for many years. Here's a couple of tips you might find helpful.

      There's no need to wait hours for it to steep. You can make lemon balm tea in a traditional teapot, but try to get a teapot with a mesh insert in it to keep the leaves separate. Just chop the leaves up a little when you put them in.

      Lemon balm forms the basis of a wonderful herbal tea that helps with cramps and any nausea at 'that time of the month'. To your lemon balm, add one lemon verbena leaf and a couple of raspberry leaves. My daughter's call it "mum's magic potion". Now adults, they grow their own herbs in their gardens.

      Plus a tip when growing lemon balm. The bigger the pot, the bigger the plant. If you plant lemon balm in your garden, it will grow knee high rather quickly. I have lemon balm plants that have grown to shoulder height in my organic garden. You will have no shortage of leaves!

      Last thought. Drying the leaves is incredibly easy. Break each leaf off individually and let the leaves fall into a paper bag. Don't fill it, you need air to circulate.

      Leave the paper bag open and keep it in a relatively warm place on your kitchen counter. Shake the bag every time you walk past it. The movement just ensures that the leaves all get a chance to be exposed to the air.

      When lemon balm dries like this, the leaves retain their fresh green colour. As soon as you try heating them in an oven as some people do, they lose their colour and look much less attractive.

      Hope this helps. Lemon balm is often called 'the happy herb' for good reason. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you for your feedback, Natashalh. The two flavors of mint and lemon go together quite well. My lemon balm is growing so well, I had to split the plant into four new plants. That's OK. Maybe I'll learn how to dry the leaves and make dried tea to give as gifts.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Lemon balm and mint sounds amazing! I love mint, but I too often forget about lemon balm. Plus, you reminded me it's time to get my annual potted herb garden going!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Greetings rajan jolly, all I can say is that it works for me! Now, I have four lemon balm plants to make sure I always have a fresh supply of lemon balm to make my lemon balm tea.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Voted up and useful Marlene. I've never tried this tea. Would certainly like to see how it work on me.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You are welcome, By Lori. I hope you get a chance to try it. It is a great tea for relaxing, especially at the end of a long day.

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      By Lori 4 years ago from USA

      Well this sounds very nice - thanks for sharing the info.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello Cyndi10, yes it is actually just as good as a hot tea. Since the leaves are steeped for at least two hours, the brew is more like a tincture. You want to refrigerate any leftover tea. I usually drink it cold because of that. But, I have drank it hot and enjoyed it just as much. I would make sure that when I reheat the tea that I would not boil the tea because it might change the flavor. Only reheat it enough to enjoy it as a hot beverage. I think you'll like it.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      I will be trying this. Is it just as good hot? I generally like hot drinks better than cold, not matter the time of year. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Sweet Chococarrie 5 years ago from My Heart To Yours

      Very useful hub Dear FRiend, thanks for the beautiful share.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi RTalloni, thank you for stopping by and for your beautiful comment. Your friends are going to enjoy this tea. It is quite refreshing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for this recipe. I'll be making this soon since my lemon balm went to seed last year and I have more plants than I'll be able to use. It will be nice to serve this to friends. :)

      A good hub generates good comments and I appreciate what I've learned at this post!

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      To - Lee Tea - Oh, wow! I didn't know all of that valuable information about Lemon Balm. I guess I had better take good care of my Lemon Balm plant. And, thank you for sharing the additional information about it. The honest truth that I discovered after drinking the Lemon Balm tea is that I actually awoke early this morning... feeling like I had a complete and restful night's sleep. And, all day today I have been feeling great, like, I had some kind of booster shot. I have been walking around today feeling at peace and very calm. Honestly, I was trying to figure it out. But, it wasn't until I read your comment here that I realized it was from the Lemon Balm tea. I think Lemon Balm has now become the favorite herb in my garden. Hello Lemon Balm!

      To - katyzzz - Oh, just wait till you try it. It really is relaxing.

      To - randomcreative - Thank you. I hope you enjoy it.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love tea! Thanks for the great recipe.

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      katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I felt better just thinking about it. Interesting.

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      Lee Tea 5 years ago from Erie, PA

      Being a mint, lemon balm (latin name: Melissa officinalis) makes quite a refreshing drink, and has been used historically to promote ... happiness! Especially youthful vigor and mindset, as well as good rest (these all go nicely together). The plant has also been proven effective at treating viral infections of the skin, and the essential oil sells for around $350 USD PER FLUID OUNCE!! That's NOT a typo - and why it made such an amazing and exciting gift ;)

      Golfgal - While I'm always plucking herbs from my garden for teas, I usually do not think to thin out or otherwise tend to my overgrown wild herb garden. Mental Note: Golfgal and I would probably make a great team :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you, Rina Pinto, I actually liked this tea better than I thought I would. I hope you enjoy it as well.

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      Rina Pinto 5 years ago from Dubai - UAE

      Cheers! .. Sure gonna try this Tea sister.. as here in UAE it is Summer time! - Great Hub! Voted Up!

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Golfgal, I'm new to herb gardening, but I had to learn about it because the former owner of the house I bought last year grew a lot of herbs. As I was reading up on some of the herbs, I found that lemon balm had a lot of good qualities, let alone flaver. So, when I saw it at the home improvement store, I just had to pick it up. I made the tea, just like I would with any of the other herbs and I really liked it a lot.

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      Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Hi there Lee Tea, Making teas are so easy and I usually do not think to do it with my herbs on a regular basis. Even today I thinned out my herb garden and could have benefitted from an herbal tea made from fresh herbs. Mental Note: Next time I thin garden, make tea

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      unknown spy - The Lemon Balm Tea is actually better than I thought it would be. Thank you very much for your vote.

      Arlene V. Poma - You will enjoy seeing lemon balm in your garden. The foliage is beautiful and it is quite nice to pick the leaves and make into a tea.

      Lee Tea - That was a very thoughtful gift, indeed. After drinking the lemon balm tea, I can see how it would make a nice substance to use in sleep pillows. The fragrance alone is relaxing.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      It does look good Marlene. Never heard of this before. Thanks for the info. 5 stars 4u!

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Looks good, Marlene! I always wondered what lemon balm was used for. As far as planting lemon balm and trying your recipe--I'm game.

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      Lee Tea 5 years ago from Erie, PA

      Sweet Melissa :) I've used lemon balm in sleep pillows and teas delightfully for years, and just received my first bottle of e.o. as gift - a very thoughtful present!

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