DIY Homemade Lemon Balm Solutions
Lemon Balm Wine
This invigorating and refreshing summer wine can really lighten up your mood and open up the summer festivities. The unique flavor is thoroughly enjoyable and is bound to draw compliments. Serve it chilled to capture the very essence of summer. It is low in alcohol content.
What you need:
- 2 quarts of lemon balm leaves
- 1 pound sultanas
- The juice and the rind of two large oranges
- The juice and the rind on one large lemon
- 5 cups of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of tartaric acid
- 1 teaspoon of pectic enzyme
- Campden tablet
- Brewer’s yeast
Instructions for Making Lemon Balm Wine
- Wash the lemon balm thoroughly in cold water. Remove the leaves from the stalks, and discard the stalks. Wash the leaves again.
- Fill a saucepan with water and bring to boil.
- Put the lemon balm leaves in a container and fill with boiling water.
- Add a campden tablet to the water and dissolve.
- Cover up the container and leave for 48 hours
- Strain the lemon balm off after 48 hours
- Add to the remaining liquid the orange pulp, the finely chopped rinds, the lemon juice and the lemon rind (finely chopped), the sultanas, the acids and the enzyme, and the yeast.
- Ferment the mixture for about 4 days in a dry, cool place
- Filter off the solution and add the sugar and top off with water to make about 1 gallon. Now pour into a demijohn and ferment again.
- Bottle up the wine when optimal alcoholic level has been reached. Make sure to use strong bottles.
Lemon Balm Tea
The tea of lemon balm, with its refreshing properties, is an excellent way to end a stressful, tiring day of hard work. Breathe in the lemony scent of this delicious, well-loved tea, sink in the lemony goodness, and forget all your woes and worries.
What you need:
- Half a cup of lemon balm leaves
- Two cups of water
- Heat the two cups of water in a kettle.
- Shred the lemon balm leaves.
- Place the lemon balm leaves in a stainless steel mesh tea ball.
- Put the ball in hot (not boiling) water and steep for a few minutes.
- Add honey to the tea as per taste. Enjoy.
There is not much really left to say about lemon balm. Its lemony flavor and its hardy nature in the garden is enough to make any gardener fall in love. As a herb, it is outstanding – the flavor is strong enough to make its presence known, yet not overbearing.
It is really the perfect herb. It has been used to bust stress since before stress became widely known and understood – and this goes to show how effective lemon balm really is in relieving stress symptoms. So add this incredible herb to your garden and your cooking today, and just watch your mood elevate!Share with friends!