Friday 25 July 2014

Bad Witch's Brew: Lavender and Lemon Balm Tea

My garden is as overgrown as a jungle at the moment. Sadly, I don't have much time to get out and do the weeding, but I am making a start at reducing the forest of foliage I have to fight my way through to get down my garden path - by making tea.

I've recently discovered that fresh lavender and lemon balm tea is gorgeous. Both herbs are abundant in my flowerbeds at the moment.

What I do to make the tea is go out and pick lots of lemon balm leaves and a couple of lavender flower heads. I wash the lot thoroughly, then pop the flower heads into my teapot whole. I tear up the leaves and add them to the pot as well. Then I pour boiling water into the pot and let it all steep for about five minutes.

There's no need to add honey or any other sweetener, just pour the tea into a cup and drink. Delicious - and also good for relaxing and unwinding at the end of a stressful day, or so I have been told.

Notes: The picture at the top shows my lavender plants and the one at the bottom is lemon balm. Never pick flowers or plants without permission and do not take any herbal remedy without consulting a qualified expert first. This is not intended as medical advice.

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