Thursday, February 12, 2015

Harvesting Lemon Balm for Herbal Tea

I grow a tea garden in my backyard because there is nothing better than a cup of soothing herbal tea in the afternoon after a rigorous day of working in the garden. Many of the teas that I grow fall under medicinal as they will cure many ailments. Lemon Balm is my go to herbal tea for a natural anxiety relief and it also helps me to sleep. If you like the taste of lemon then grow and harvest lemon balm for herbal tea.
Brew herbal tea from harvested leaves from garden

When it comes to harvesting lemon balm for herbal tea I think it is best to harvest the leaves early in the morning, after the dew has elaborated. Choose young leaves as they are more potent and have the best flavor.

Today I am made  herbal tea by putting a half teaspoon of dried lemon balm leaves into an infuser. (I had harvested these leaves last fall and air dried them on a screen)  The dried lemon balm leaves  in the infuser was then set into the teapot.  I adding the hot water and let the herbs steep for ten minutes.
I use a stainless steel infuser that I bought at rather than a tea-ball.  to view this infuser open this page and scroll down to the bottom.  It is an inexpensive infuser, I think I paid $8. but it is high quality and you can brew your herbal tea in your cup or in the teapot  You can add fresh herb leaves or dried leaves to the infuser.  

Learn more about growing an herbal tea garden by viewing this video.

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