Soothing balm

Is it just me or is everyone in need of a little bit of time out at the moment? I mean, it’s not even December yet and most people seem to be hitting their pre-Christmas meltdown already.

Before you reach for the gin, sit down and take a deep breath (remember to let it go afterwards). Then put the kettle on and brew yourself a cup of soothing lemon balm tea.

The calming properties of lemon balm (melissa officinalis) have been recognised since the Middle Ages. Lemon balm is a member of the mint family (and grows just as voraciously). Its leaves have an intense lemony scent that is both reviving and soothing. Our new house has a tiny bush of it growing in the tangled weeds edging the vegetable patch, but I know it won’t be long before it becomes a thriving monster.

To make lemon balm tea, I just shove a few handfuls of leaves and stems in a teapot and add freshly boiled water, then let it steep for a while. If that sounds too wholesome, Choclette has a recipe for lemon balm ganache which sounds like heaven. After all, lemon balm may help you calm down, but nothing is quite as soothing as chocolate.



  1. November 23, 2010 / 6:48 pm

    Just what the doctor ordered!

  2. November 23, 2010 / 8:37 pm

    We have to wait a few months now before we get to have lemon balm tea again, but I concur, it is a great drink. Thanks for the mention too.

  3. November 23, 2010 / 11:44 pm

    and my little lemon balm in my garden is growing nicely.. doubly special because it holds memories of the giver…

  4. November 24, 2010 / 3:11 pm

    cut down the rest of my straggly summer lemonbalm about a month ago… now what do I do?

  5. November 24, 2010 / 6:41 pm

    Those leaves look like mint right? Now I've to have a mint drink 🙂

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