A delicious blend of soothing herbs, this tea with lemon balm is the perfect way to end a stressful, hectic day. It gently relaxes, improves sleep, and eases digestion. Five more lemon balm recipes are included for more ideas!
While lemon balm is extremely versatile and delicious in a host of recipes, one of my favorite ways to enjoy it is in a simple herbal infusion. Combined with a few other soothing herbs, you end up with an herbal tea that’s perfect for the end of the day!
A warm drink like an herbal infusion is such a great way to melt away the stress from a busy day. During the day, I love sipping on my coffee. Once the sun starts setting, though, it’s time to get the herbal tea brewing!
An infusion is a more technical term for an herbal tea. In an infusion, herbs are steeped in freshly boiled water for 10-15 minutes to extract both their flavor and their medicinal qualities. Some infusions, like this one, are best infused while covered so that any volatile compounds stay in the infusion instead of evaporating into the air.
Lemon balm is a fantastic herb for a stress-relieving tea because it gently relaxes the nervous system and also soothes digestion, putting both minds and tummies at ease. Chamomile, lavender, and catnip add to the calm with their relaxant and/or mild sedative properties. The herbs in this blend create a flavor that is mild, enjoyable, and even great served cold.
The next time you feel stress and anxiety wanting to take to over, brew up a cup of this calming lemon balm tea, take some time to pray, and focus your mind on the blessings of God.
Please note that this tea is not a substitute for prescribed anxiety medications and is not intended to treat chronic anxiety. If you are suffering from frequent, persistent anxiety and/or anxiety attacks, it’s really important to talk with a doctor about treatment options. Options certainly include herbs and other holistic measures, but professional insight is warranted.
Anti-Anxia-Tea with Lemon Balm
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Measuring herbs by weight gives greater accuracy since volume can vary so much between herbs. A simple digital kitchen scale is a great tool to use when making your own herbal blends.
- 10 g dried lemon balm leaves
- 5 g dried chamomile flowers
- 5 g dried lavender buds
- 5 g dried catnip
- Combine all of the ingredients and store in a glass jar away from heat and light. The blend can be briefly pulsed in a food processor or clean coffee and spice grinder to make the herbs more uniform in size.
- To brew the infusion, place 1-2 teaspoons of the blend in a mesh tea ball or muslin tea bag and pour 1 cup of freshly boiled water over the blend. Cover the mug or tea cup, and allow to steep while covered for about 15 minutes.
- Remove the cover, sweeten with honey if desired, and enjoy. You can also serve this over ice for a stress-soothing cold drink.
5 More Lemon Balm Recipes
If you’d like more ideas for using this versatile herb, try one of these recipes:
- Strawberry Frozen Yogurt with Lemon Balm is featured at the end of this post, and it looks like the perfect way to enjoy lemon balm in the early summer!
- Chicken gets a boost of flavor with this Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon Balm Herbal Butter. It’s definitely on my list to make this season when I have fresh lemon balm.
- A Lemon Balm Simple Syrup allows you to add the lemony, herby, and minty taste of lemon balm to any drink or dessert easily.
- Lemon Balm Cookies may be just the right treat to pair with my Anti-Anxia-Tea!
- A healthy dessert is a breeze when you make a Lemon Balm Fruit Salad with fresh lemon balm and seasonal fruit.