What is Lemon Balm Tea?
Lemon balm tea is a refreshing herbal tea made by brewing leaves from the lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) plant. Lemon balm is citrus-scented herb that comes from the same family as mint.
History of Lemon Balm:
Lemon balm has been used in traditional herbal medicine for thousands of years. The famous ancient Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides championed the health benefits of lemon balm leaves, which he believed worked as a sedative to treat ailments such as toothache and animal bites.
It was in the 10th and 11th Centuries that botanists began to appreciate the potential mood-enhancing benefits of lemon balm, with Hildegard of Bingen exclaiming that a remedy of lemon balm “makes the heart joyful.”
Nutritional Information of Lemon Balm Tea:
Lemon balm leaves are a rich source of rosmarinic acid, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lemon balm tea is also a source of flavonoids which can strengthen the body’s natural defences and help fight against toxins.
Top 5 Potential Lemon Balm Tea Benefits:
1. Reducing Stress and Anxiety
Lemon balm has been used for centuries to soothe the body and promote relaxation. The rosmarinic acid in lemon balm leaves may promote the release of ‘feel-good’ hormones, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.
2. Promoting a Restful Sleep
Lemon balm tea has a soothing effect on the body, helping to promote a restful night’s sleep. Healthline states that scientific studies have shown that taking lemon balm before bed can significantly improve sleep and reduce the symptoms of insomnia.
3. Supporting Healthy Digestion
Much like its family member peppermint, lemon balm tea is traditionally used to promote healthy digestion and treat symptoms of indigestion, such as bloating. Lemon balm tea contains numerous compounds which soothe the digestive system, and may help to reduce the symptoms of nausea, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
4. Maintaining Brain Health
The rosmarinic acid in lemon balm tea is also said to have a neuroprotective effect, helping to protect brain cells from deterioration and free radical damage. Lemon balm tea is also reputed to help improve concentration and mental focus.
5. Boosting Immune System
Lemon balm has antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can help to stimulate the boy’s natural defences to fight infection. Lemon balm tea may also help to promote white blood cell production and eliminate mucus and phlegm, helping to fight against ailments such as the common cold and flu.
How to Prepare Lemon Balm Tea:
Loose Leaf: to brew lemon balm tea from lemon balm leaves, add one teaspoon of herbs per 200ml of boiling water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes. Add honey and a slice of lemon to taste.
Tea Bags: To support easy brewing, and to enable you to enjoy the benefits of lemon balm tea on the go, we have made our lemon balm tea available in our biodegradable tea bags! Simply add boiling water to a tea bag and allow to brew for around 3-5 minutes.
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