Lemon balm tea

Lemon balm tea

Lemon balm, Melisa officianalis

Lemon balm has been used since ancient times in healing the mind and the lips. It soothes the mind and body! It helps to relieve stress.

I don’t have a green thumb but am very successful with growing anything from the mint family. They are vigorous growers and flourish despite me. Lemon balm is no exception. I have plants sprouting all over the garden.

Crush the leaves in your hand and lemon balm emits a fresh, lemony smell. I often cut a bunch of lemon balm and use them as bouquets for my home. The pale, green leaves are beautiful and the rooms smell wonderful.

I believe these bouquets improve the atmosphere at home. Both humans and cats are in a good mood in my sweet-smelling home. Cheap too! I get them for free!

I like to put small vases of lemon balm on the beside tables. For added fragrance, crush some fresh leaves and put into small bowls. Place the bowls on the windowsill.

The smell of fresh, clean sheets and lemon balm – ah, domestic bliss!

Lemon balm has antibacterial, antihistaminic and antispasmodic properties. One of the oldest uses for lemon balm is as a paste to prevent the infection of wounds.

Lemon balm tea is a good restorative and helps to cleanse the system. Just put a handful of the leaves in a pot, pour boiling water over them, cover and steep for about 15 minutes. Strain into a pretty glass, add sweetener if you like, and enjoy this soothing drink. I like mine without any sugar.

Double the benefits of lemon balm by drinking and bathing in the tea. Make a bigger batch of lemon balm tea. Strain most of it into your bath and reserve a cup of two for drinking.

Relax, play your favourite music, soak in the tub and enjoy the tea. Forget your cares and woes for half an hour or more. Emerge from your beauty bath with soft skin and a wonderful feeling of well-being.

Want to grow some lemon balm? Ask a gardener for a sprig, stick it in a pot and, in no time, you’ll have a large, fragrant bush. I suggest growing lemon balm in a container. It needs to be contained otherwise it will take over your garden.

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