Knowing a relaxing cup of herbal tea is always welcomed during our mid-day slump but did you know that same cup can help benefit our overall wellbeing?
Herbs have been used and studied for millennia. Each herb contains active compounds that can help support our nerves after a stressful day or help ease us to sleep on a restless night.
A common herb known to many is lemon balm. Lemon balm is also known by the name Melissa. Melissa derived from the herbs botanical name.
Lemon balm is known for its potential properties that help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
According to research, in 1789 The Edinburg Dispensatory states "So high an opinion have some of the chemist entertained of balm, that they have expected to find in it a medicine which should prolong life beyond the usual period."
Lemon balm is easily identified by its lemon scented leaves.
Here's a simple Lemon Balm Mocktail recipe:
Fresh lemon balm leaves
1 cup of lemonade (or a citrus-flavored soda for fizz)
1/2 cup of cucumber slices
1 tablespoon of honey or simple syrup (adjust to taste)
Sparkling water (optional for added fizz)
Lemon wedges for garnish
In a glass, muddle a few fresh lemon balm leaves with cucumber slices.
Add ice cubes to the glass.
Pour in the lemonade or citrus-flavored soda.
Stir in honey or simple syrup to sweeten, adjusting to your taste preference.
If you like a fizzy mocktail, top it off with sparkling water.
Garnish with a lemon wedge and a sprig of fresh lemon balm.
Stir gently before sipping and enjoy your refreshing Lemon Balm Mocktail!
Sources: "Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs" pg. 93-94.
This page is ONLY an informative source for herbal knowledge. Please consult a physician or other certified health professional regarding health problems.