Lemon Balm Tea Recipe For Stress & Anxiety

lemon balm tea recipe

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is the common garden herb whose crushed leaves make that lovely lemon sherbet smell we’re so familiar with.

This plant is an old medicinal remedy and for very good reason – the leaves contain lots of antioxidant phytonutrients like flavonoids, terpenes and phenolic acids with various healing properties [1].

These compounds have been shown to benefit mood, concentration, cognitive function and digestion [1a].  And improve conditions such as hyperactivity, insomnia, high stress levels, worry and overwhelm.  In fact it’s so good at lowering stress levels, that lemon balm features in my post on how to manage Christmas stress with herbs and supplements.

As well as this, lemon balm provides protective benefits against inflammation, free radical damage, hyperthyroidism, high cholesterol, heart arrhythmias, diabetes, herpes and candida [1b].

So using this simple lemon balm tea recipe you can make a wonderfully healing drink to ease stresses and anxiety, or encourage sleep and relaxation.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe

Note: this lemon balm tea recipe makes enough for one cup.


  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh lemon balm OR 1 tablespoon dried leaves
  • juice of half a lemon OR half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey


1  If using fresh leaves, give them a good rinse before chopping.

2  Put the leaves into a tea infuser, or just add them straight to a teapot.  Fill the teapot with a cup of freshly boiled water (remember to add more water if you’re using more servings of lemon balm).

3  Pop a tea cosy over the teapot and leave to steep for 10-15 minutes.  The longer you steep, the stronger the flavour!

4  Remember to strain any loose leaves and pour into your cup with the lemon and honey.  Sit back and enjoy your refreshing brew!

Other lovely ways to enjoy your tea are chilled with ice or stirred into a glass of sparkling water – both make an amazing lemon balm cooler in the summer!

To Make Your Own Dried Lemon Balm Leaves

If you have lemon balm growing in the garden, it’s easy to harvest and prepare your own leaves for future tea-making.

Just gather your fresh stems, rinse them off and hang them somewhere warm where they can dry out over a few days.  Alternatively pop the fresh stems in the oven and dry them on a very low heat for about 25 minutes.  Easy.

Of course, if you’d rather buy ready-made leaves there are lots of good organic brands available, including Salus OrganicHands On EarthBuddha Teas and Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea over on Amazon.

And I also love the huge variety of beautiful herbal teas over at Tealyra.


If you enjoy making yourself herbal teas, then there are loads of recipes to try!  Including some powerful anti-cancer teas, the much-loved essiac tea and the liver-protective dandelion tea.

And remember, please get in touch in the comments if you have your own lemon balm tea recipe or favourite brand to share! x

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