Frontier Natural Products, Organic Cut & Sifted Lemon Balm Leaf, 16 oz (453 g)
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- Certified Organic
- USDA Organic
- Melissa Officinalis
- Certified Organic by QAI
- Herbal Supplement
Lemon balm is a sweet, lemony scented herb in the mint family that's native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. Its subtle lemon flavor with mint and herb undertones makes it a popular relaxing tea.
To prepare as a tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
To make lemon balm tea, pour one cup of hot water over two teaspoons of lemon balm herb, cover and let stand three to five minutes. Boiling water drives off much of the leaves' essential oil, so using cooler water temperatures when brewing and covering while steeping helps protect the delicate flavor. Lemon balm sun tea is tasty and refreshing and is a good alternative to hot water brewing for protecting the tea flavor.
Lemon balm makes a lovely, soft, lemony tea that is enjoyed just for it flavor. It also has other benefits. It's relaxing and uplifting to the mind. It makes a soothing before or after meals tea and a calming, before bedtime tea. It's considered a remedy for the heart charka —helping open one up to love and acceptance. Lemon balm is a nice additional to herbal tea blends, adding a nice touch of flavor as well as its relaxing benefits to the blends.
Lemon balm is also used as a seasoning in sprinkle-on spice mixtures and herb vinegars, or combined with other herbs, fruits, or spices in making punch or flavored wine. Cooking destroys the flavor, so it's not usually used in cooked dishes or in baking.
In personal care products, lemon balm is used an ingredient in skin toners, lip balms and lotions. It makes a cleansing facial steam and the leaves can be tied in a cloth and added to the bath.
Lemon balm also makes a good addition to sleep pillows in combination with other sleep pillow herbs such as hops, mugwort and lavender flowers.
The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies lemon balm as:
Class:1 Herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately.
Per the German Commission E Monograph** for lemon balm, there are no known contraindications, side effects or drug interactions.
*Michael McGuffin, ed., American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, (New York: CRC Press, 1997)
**Mark Blumenthal, ed., The Complete German Commission E Monographs, (Austin TX: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998
|Serving Size: 2 tsp (1.1 g)|
|Serving: About 407|
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|Total Carbohydrates||1 g||<1%*|
|Organic Lemon Balm, cut (leaf)||1.1 g||**|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value not established.
I've been drinking this as after-work / bedtime all-organic infusion formulas. I mix it with Tulsi (Indian Holy Basil), Licorice root, Frontier's German Chamomile (or Ukrainian pharmacy grade Chamomile) and Frontier's Skullcap to relax and unwind with pleasant taste and fast-acting results.
This product may be organic but there is clearly something wrong with the drying process that turns this wonderful herb into something that smells and tastes like hay. Very disappointed.
learning to cook with herbs again!!
Posted by Reviewer1357139 on May 04, 2016
using with my Breuss's cancer protocol!!! here very fast, thank you!! Then learn to cook again with them....as a kid mom always used them....then I did for awhile??? why quit ??/ avoid cancer.....cook with them always! wonderful with my fish!!!
lemon balm? really..?
Posted by Reviewer1479848 on Apr 10, 2016
Like the other reviewer said, it smells and tastes like hay. There is absolutely no lemony scent. I wonder if it's normal for lemon balm.
i love lemon balm
Posted by 5131826951020408375 on Apr 13, 2015
breath in when open the bag, you'll be happy in 1 minute, just like orange.
Posted by 5440780117057987469 on Oct 08, 2013
Another great tea. Very relaxing and great for the end of the day. goes a long way!! So I freeze what I cann ot fit into my canister. It keeps great!!