It is a well known Ayurvedic principle to avoid iced drinks where possible due to its extinguishing power on the digestive fire. However, this does not mean a soothing, internally cooling and hydrating sweet drink is off the cards. This tea is such a treat in the warmer months of the year, highlighting the beautifully gentle flavour of lemon balm while also gaining access to its wonderful healing properties. Lemon balm predominately balances the Vata and Pitta doshas and is an effective carminative for the digestive system. Lemon balm stimulates energy but also is a nervine tonic. Teamed with maple syrup, also another neurological support, this tea will provide the cool to your internal heat.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Makes approximately 1-1.3 litres (or slightly more, depending on how long you boil the tea)
1.5 litres of fresh, filtered water
1 cup lemon balm leaves
Juice of 1/2- 1 lemon depending on taste
2-3 tbs maple syrup
Optional: orange, lime, lemon slices, extra fresh lemon balm leaves or mint leaves to serve
Put the water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
Immediately turn the heat down to a low simmer and add the lemon balm leaves.
Simmer for 15 minutes for a mild flavour and up to 20 minutes for a stronger flavour.
Take off the heat and allow to cool completely.
Strain the leaves out of the liquid and pour into a jug or pitcher.
Stir in the maple syrup and lemon juice to taste.
Add some lemon, lime, orange slices with some additional lemon balm leaves or mint leaves to serve. The flavour becomes richer if the slices and additional leaves are left to infuse into the tea for an hour or two. If serving to others, this recipe is best made in advanced in order for flavours to strengthen.
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