Lemon Balm Tea
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Sipping on a warm, delightful cup of Lemon Balm Tea will evoke memories of sitting out on a vine-covered veranda and looking out towards the blooming flowers of a summer garden, the bees waltzing through a fresh, fragrant breeze.
As the name might suggest, Lemon Balm Tea is reminiscent of the succulent citrus fruit, both in flavour and aroma. It is an excellent choice to start your day, dousing your mind, body, and spirit with an uplifting aura, as well as boosting your mood and alertness. Despite this, it is also known to encourage a restful night’s sleep, and can offer excellent stress management in those suffering from mild depression or anxiety. Overall, Lemon Balm Tea Benefits are well-documented, but perhaps more importantly, it is known for boasting delicious, and mouthwatering flavours, coupled with luxurious and enticing aromas.
Botanically known as Melissa officinalis, the Lemon Balm plant is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). Its scientific name derives from the Greek language, with ‘Melissa’ meaning ‘bee’. This is in reference to the Lemon Balm plant’s blooming flowers, and how they attract the well-known pollinating insects. Originally native to south-central Europe, Lemon Balm is very common, but perhaps particularly underappreciated in gardens, where it is notably easy to grow.
It is tolerant of many different conditions, making it an especially hardy plant! It is marvelled for its calming abilities, both in plant and tea-form. Most famously, it was examined by the Ancient Greek author, Homer, who praised Lemon Balm’s use in easing the mind. Centuries later, the Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne (also known as Charles the Great) would proclaim that the plant should be grown in every medicinal herb garden within his domain, and for as long as he ruled, which was for 47 years.
It is also said that one of the Princes of Glamorgan chose to drink Lemon Balm tea daily to ensure good health and longevity. The legend is that he lived for 108 years! Whether there is any truth to this remains a topic of great debate. However, one thing is for sure - Lemon Balm Tea is more than just a simple beverage!
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Unsurprisingly, lemon makes a delicious accompaniment with this beverage. However, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company believe it is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Both flavour and aroma of this beverage are noted as fresh, earthy, and herbaceous, with slight minty undertones. A choice brew for anyone making the switch from regular tea to herbal tea.
Colour in Cup: Golden-green liquor, light in tone.
Lemon Balm Health Benefits: Aside from its use in promoting sleep, as well as enhancing moods, Lemon Balm Tea can also be consumed to ease digestion. According to a U.S. study conducted by the Georgetown University Medical Center, Lemon Balm is effective in treating indigestion, and can even soothe gastrointestinal ailments.
It has also been consumed for improved skin health, which can be dated back to the 14th Century, when the Queen of Hungary allegedly used Lemon Balm to soften wrinkles. Lemon Balm contains a number of volatile components, including caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, and rosmarinic acid. These components can work together to support the body’s natural response to the harmful organisms that cause blemishes.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Digestive, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon
CountryMore Than One Origin