Lemon Balm Iced Tea Lemonade
One of the wonderful things about community gardens is the sharing of produce and the sharing of knowledge. I live in the inner city, but out my front door and across the street I have 30 feet of garden in a shared community space. While chatting with one of the other gardeners, she shared with me a stalk of lemon balm and recommended it for a lemonade.
I remembered somewhere that lemon balm has many healing properties, so I googled away and this was the most accessible and interesting bit of info I found: Herballacy.com
In a nutshell, lemon balm is good for anxiety, stomach issues, and viruses, not to mention a whole host of other applications. Plus it smells like heaven. That’s good enough for me in any case!
I muddled the lemon balm with the sliced lemons and sugar while the teabags steeped in hot water. Once the tea brewed, I added the tea to the lemons, sugar and lemon balm and added ice cubes and put in the fridge to chill. Serve your lovely healthy tea (use agave nectar or honey for a better healthy choice) in the pretty blue mason jars with your favorite paper straw and enjoy!
- 1/4 cup of sugar (or sugar alternative like agave nectar or honey)
- 3 tea bags steeped in 5 cups of hot water
- 2 lemons, washed and sliced
- 1-2 stalks of lemon balm, washed and de-stemmed
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