Summer in a Glass: Bee Balm Tea

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of attending a workshop session led by the Jacobson family at a homeschooling conference. Today, I am thrilled to share a guest post with you from Lisa of Club 31 Women. She thoughtfully pointed out that I have not yet shared this herbal delight on Frugal Granola, and so, here it is from her kitchen (and garden).

Would you like to try a sip of summer? Because that’s just how Bee Balm Tea tastes and appears – like a drop of summer!

At the end of most every warm day, you can find our family sitting on the back patio enjoying a fabulous glass of Bee Balm Tea. Not only does it taste like something elves made, look like something fairies gathered, but it is quite easy to make and amazingly good for you too.

To enjoy Bee Balm Tea all summer long, all you have to do is go out to your favorite nursery and pick up a Bee Balm plant (I think we paid $5.95 for ours?) and plant it in a sunny spot. Just be sure and place it where you can view it, so that you can enjoy its exotic blossoms even when you are not drinking the wonder from its leaves.

Michele’s note: I purchased mine a couple years ago from Azure Standard. It is also labeled as Bergamot.

To prepare the tea, you simply walk out to your garden and gather as much of both the leaves and the flowers as desired. Then what you need is a cup of boiling water per tablespoon of bee balm herb (fresh or dried). Place the herb in a tea strainer, pour your boiling water over it, and allow the tea to steep for about 10 minutes.
After that, remove the strainer and add any natural sweetener you prefer, or none at all.
(The ultimate treat for me is to mix in raw honey from my husband’s beehive – yum!). Now the only thing left is to do is to decide whether you want to drink it hot from a tea cup or chilled, poured over ice!

As soon as you take your first sip, you will instinctively know that you are drinking something healing for you. And it’s true: Bee Balm is chock full of goodness!

I like to use it as a general immune booster to ward off and treat summer colds, headaches, fevers and throat infections. It also seems to soothe certain “tummy troubles” such as bloating and cramps. Bee Balm is often used to treat a number of oral issues, such as gingivitis, cavities, and other mouth infections, as well.

Yet even without all these wonderful health benefits, I would serve Bee Balm Tea to my family and to any guests who happen to be stopping by on a hot, sunny afternoon – an offering both delicious and delightful.

After all, who can resist drinking up a glass of summer?

Lisa Jacobson and her husband take great delight in home-discipling their 8 children. Whenever this full-time enterprise allows, Lisa also enjoys discovering the goodness of herbs and blending specialty teas. Yet even more than this, she has a passion for sharing the rich life of loving relationships, a godly home, and the high calling of being a wife and mother at Club 31 Women.

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