It’s bridal season. Along with the creation of many many gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces, comes piles of paperwork, meetings, brainstorming and sometimes sleepless nights. This is usually a great time to turn to my herb garden for all the wonderful healing benefits it can provide.
This refreshing lavender lemon balm iced tea is not only delicious, but it helps melt away stress. It’s so simple to make and can be enjoyed hot or iced for the summer months. Tea brewed from your own garden herbs is highly satisfying, and wonderfully nourishing.
I planted my lemon balm about 3 years ago. I honestly thought I was planting mint at the time, since there was no tag on the container. After a little research I learned that lemon balm is part of the mint family and is a perennial herb known for its calming and stress relieving properties. just a little pinch of a leaf and a fresh aroma of lemon fills the air. Lemon balm has also been known to calm headaches, upset stomach, menstrual cramps, and insomnia to name a few.
It is well known that lavender is also a natural stress reliever. The lovely scent from its leaves, and the variety of purple flowers it produces makes it one of the most beautiful herbs to grow in a garden. You could also dry the leaves and preserve them for making tea during the winter months. This is very easy to do with a dehydrator, or by hanging to air dry as well.
With all the day to day stress that comes my way, I make a point to take a few moments each day to relax, whether it’s by gardening, reading or just watching TV with my sweetie. This lemon balm tea, adorned with fresh lavender flowers is the perfect companion.
Fresh and thirst-quenching, this cool summer iced tea is perfect for a garden party or simply to calm nerves and aid digestion. Makes about four 8-ounce servings.
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon balm leaves, chopped OR 1 tablespoon dried leaves
• 1 tablespoon fresh lavender buds OR 2 teaspoons dried buds
• 2 cups hot water
• 2 cups cold water and ice
• 1 Tbsp simple syrup or honey (optional) and fresh lemon for garnish
1. Steep lemon balm and lavender in hot (80- to 90-degree) water about 3 minutes.
2. Add cold water and ice.
3. Serve over additional ice with lemon wedges.
Note: I sometimes add a few tea bags to the tea as well for the color and for a more complex taste! Try it both ways!
Lemon balm leaves
I bought these cute little herb cutting scissors on the Wish app for about $2! Worth it.
It’s too easy and so refreshing
Enjoy your summer and be sure to take time to relax