Lemon balm (scientifically called Melissa officinalis L.) is a lemon scented member of the mint family. It is native to southern Europe. It is a middle-sized plant that develops numerous branches and can grow to a height of about 2 feet. The leaves of Lemon balm are 2-3 inches long, the shape varies from oval to almost heart-shaped, luminous and wrinkled with scalloped margins. Small white or white blue flowers appear at the end of spring - in midsummer. Lemon balm is very easy to grow in cool, partially shaded places, but the plant can also grow in full sun.
Lemon balm tea comes first among the lemon balm products, which include tincture, aromatic water (hydrosol) and essential lemon balm oil. Beyond all reasonable doubt it pays to grow a little patch of lemon balm herb (Melissa) to harvest a rich yield of fragrant leaves for fresh lemon balm tea. The best result of unique taste is obtained when the raw material is bruised beforehand. It might be a good idea to dry up the leaves to guarantee oneself a cup of hot delicious drink on a cold winter evening.
Some claim that freshly prepared lemon balm tea really displays the whole gamut of its wonderful aroma. It is true that the taste of lemon balm tea prepared from dried substance is somewhat different, but no less exquisite. The recipe for lemon balm tea is simple. There are no strong recommendations about the amount of dry material or fresh leaves - let your personal taste dictate the terms. It is also up to you to decide upon the brewing time after you have steeped the ingredients in boiling water. For the sake of variety one may add some chamomile or hops to his lemon balm tea. This will not only add a subtle shade of taste to the drink, but also the soothing and relaxing effect won't take long to manifest itself. One can enjoy lemon balm tea either hot or iced with lemon. Once you try it, you are sure to take to its inimitable taste and make it your everyday drink, even if you are not looking for the positive medicinal effects.
The fact that there are absolutely no contradictions in the usage of lemon balm tea is very reassuring. Besides the fact that it is delicious, it is also harmless and very good for your health in various respects. To prevent bad dreams, cure insomnia, relief stomach complaints and bloating lemon balm tea is the appropriate treatment. Along with its healing and relaxing properties, the lemon balm tea, which in its turn contains a large amount of lemon balm oil, proves effectiveness for easing cardiac and nervous disorders, treating melancholy. Another power of lemon balm tea to have been long acknowledged is its ability to promote longevity, maintain tenacious memory and brisk mental functioning. Therefore, not only does lemon balm tea have a lovely uplifting action, it is also a gentle yet effective remedy for sleep problems, illnesses of cardiac and nervous origin, for oral and genital herpes infections.
To summarize all mentioned above, lemon balm tea is a unique combination of delicious taste and healing power.