Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) Recipes: Simple Syrup, Tea, Latte, and more

Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) Recipes: Simple Syrup, Tea, Latte, and more

Lemon Balm Recipes

Maybe you're like me and have a giant bag of Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) in your cabinets. If that's true, then I have good news for you. Lemon Balm is a femme's best friend. In my experience, she cools PMS symptoms, calms frayed nerves, and makes a great mojito.

If you don't have Lemon Balm and you're interested in experimenting with Lemon Balm, it is featured in 2 products here at Drink More Flowers. 

Flower Crown is a Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Yarrow, and Elderflower blend designed for anyone who regularly takes on challenges and needs to relax a little bit.

Feeling Elemental is a Green Tea, Tulsi, Lemon Balm, and Damiana blend designed for anyone needing a lift without a crash. These herbs uplift, relax, open, and connect. Perfect for the person whose shoulders seem to be collapsing in on themselves.

So let's start using some of that big bag with a few fun Lemon Balm Recipes.

Lemon Balm Syrup

Glass flip top bottle filled with Simple Syrup

Makes 8 servings

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tsp Lemon Balm leaf (dried)
  • 1 cup of sugar

Bring water to a boil, pour over Lemon Balm, steep for 15 minutes. Strain and pour into small saucepan. Add sugar, stir over medium heat until all sugar is melted (it should not come to a boil).

Pour into sterilized glass container or cool and use immediately.

Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon Balm Tea & Latte

Makes 2 servings

  • 2 tsp Lemon Balm leaf (dried)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • lemon balm syrup or honey to sweeten

Bring water to a boil, pour over Lemon Balm, steep for 20 minutes, and strain. Warm milk in a small saucepan. Mix tea, milk, and Lemon Balm Syrup or honey.

Enjoy warm or iced (don't heat the milk in that case).

Not into Milk Tip: Replace milk with extra water and enjoy.

Lemon Balm Mojito

Lemon Balm Mojito

Makes 1 Mojito

  • 1.5 oz light rum
  • 1 oz Lemon Balm Syrup
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Handful fresh mint or lemon balm + extra for garnish
  • Splash of club soda

Muddle lime & lemon balm (or mint) in the bottom of a shaker, add syrup, rum, ice and shake until well integrated. Pour over fresh ice and garnish with fresh lemon balm or mint sprig and lime wedge.

For a non-alcoholic version, swap light rum for extra club soda, or tonic for a little extra kick.

Miso Soup

15-Minute Lemon Balm PMS Soup

Makes 2-3 servings

  • 1/4 cup lemon balm (dried)
  • 1 sheet seaweed (nori, kombu, wakame)
  • 1/4 cup miso paste
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup hearty greens (optional)
  • 1/4 cup tofu (optional)
  • 6 cups of broth (vegetable or dashi)

In a medium saucepan, bring broth and lemon balm to a simmer.

Optional: strain lemon balm out before adding more ingredients

In a small bowl, place miso and add small amount of hot broth, whisk until smooth, and set aside.

Add greens, onions, and tofu to simmering broth. Cook for 5 minutes, then add seaweed. Stir and remove from heat. Add miso mix. 

Enjoy fresh. 

Lemon can be found growing as a "weed" in many backyards and parks across the United States. If you're interested in learning more, Herbal Academy run by Commonwealth Herbs has some great information here

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