Infused lemon balm

How to make lemon balm infusions

The preparation of a lemon balm infusion is really simple: take 5 g of lemon balm leaves (about 2 teaspoons), pour 150ml of boiling water, let it rest for 10 minutes. A cup of lemon balm tea a day, keeps the doctor around! It is said that taken regularly it removes melancholy, strengthens the mind and invigorates the organism. To make your own lemon balm at home, you need to use the flowered tips and leaves. They are dried (not in the sun) in a cool and ventilated place away from dust. It should be kept in glass jugs. The lemon balm infusion can also be used in rinses for oily hair and as a facial tonic. Curiosity: in addition to the infusion, lemon balm can be eaten fresh in the kitchen to flavor salads, sauces, mayonnaise, jams and desserts.

lemon balm water, infusion or decoction, which one to choose?

According to the active ingredient that you want to obtain from lemon balm, we will choose between decoctions and infusions: essential oil: it must be prepared as an infusion, taking dried leaves and flowers, leaving it to rest in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Mucilage, tannins, bitter oils: they must be extracted with a decoction, by boiling the leaves. The longer it is left to boil, the more woody the taste becomes. The leaves can be left to macerate in cold water for 2 or 3 hours to make the leaves become more tender and release their principles more easily. Lemon balm water: prepare 150g of fresh lemon balm, 30g of lemon peel, 15g of cinnamon, 15g of cloves, 15g of nutmegs, 5g of angelica roots and 5g of confetti. Boil everything for 5 minutes in half a liter of water. When cold, add half a liter of grappa.

infusion of lemon balm: warnings and cons-indications

Despite all the many benefits that lemon balm can bring, it is good to know that it can have contraindications in certain cases. In case of glaucoma, the use of any lemon balm-based product is strongly discouraged. This medicinal plant acts on the nervous system by acting as a sedative. It also has effects on the thyroid gland on which it has an inhibiting effect. Consequently, subjects suffering from hypothyroidism must be careful not to consume too much lemon balm. It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as it can create hypersensitivity states. Finally, lemon balm can be the cause of allergic effects on the skin, although these cases rarely occur. In any case, if you have any doubts or questions, it is best to contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Infused lemon balm: Lemon balm: history, origin and curiosity

Lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis), also known by the name of cedronella, is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Labiatae family. It is found throughout the Mediterranean basin. The plant stands 30 to 80 centimeters tall with thin stems. The leaves, similar to those of mint, are oval in shape, serrated, ribbed, and give off a sweet, light lemon scent. The flowers are small and white, gathered in inflorescences. Flowering extends from June to September. Lemon balm was already known by the ancient Greeks. Arab doctors used it for its antispasmodic effect. Charlemagne had ordered the cultivation in medicinal gardens in order to have them in abundance. It is part of the composition of lemon balm water, formerly produced by French monks. In the seventeenth century it was used by the doctors of

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