Calming lemon balm and sweet mint {green tea}

 

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I love green tea it’s my go to when I need a few days of detox, to boost my metabolism, or to fight belly bloat. I originally container gardened a Lemon Balm plant for a natural back patio mosquito repellent. I found myself often plucking the leaves and smelling them, or rubbing on my arms to deter pests.  One day I decided to throw it in the pot with my mint that I was simmering for some green tea.

‘Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion…’ [1] University of MD Medical Center.

‘If you suffer from indigestion, peppermint green tea may help. Peppermint calms the stomach muscles and improves bile flow, helping your body break down fats from food and speeding digestion.’ [2] Livestrong.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. Fresh Lemon balm leaves
  • 1 tsp. Sweet Mint or Peppermint leaves
  • 1-2 Organic Green tea bags
  • Honey or Agave Nectar to taste

Gently press or ‘crush’ the lemon balm and sweet mint leaves to release their natural oils. Use a mortar and pestle if you own one. Simmer gently in 1 cup water on the stovetop. Strain leaves out. Pour water in mug. Add 1 or 2 organic green tea bags and steep 3 minutes.

Add 1 drop of lemon essential oil.  Or add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil if you prefer a stronger taste or a ‘kick.’  Add honey or agave to taste.

You could also use Chamomile tea if you prefer.  Lemon balm combined with Chamomile is the perfect nighttime tea.  Lemon essential oil and honey would compliment the flavor of Chamomile well.

When I first starting doing this earlier in the summer I did not know about the relaxing affects of lemon balm. I simply enjoyed the fresh taste. I noticed I was very relaxed after drinking it and typically slept better. Upon researching Lemon Balm more I know why.

Enjoy!

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Sources:

[1] University of Maryland Medical Center:  Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide:  Herb: Lemon balm  https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/lemon-balm

[2] Livestrong.com:  Peppermint Tea for Digestion:  http://www.livestrong.com/article/339203-the-benefits-of-peppermint-green-tea/

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