2.To boost immunity and alleviate memory-loss related health conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and poor concentration, use lemon balm-infused ingredients in your food and drinks. Here are some examples:
- Make lemon balm syrup.
Instead of using plain sugar to sweeten your drinks, use lemon balm syrup instead. In a pan, put together one cup of lemon balm leaves, a cup of sugar and a cup of water. Boil for a minute then remove the leaves using a strainer. Cool the mixture down for half an hour then store it in the refrigerator. The lemon balm syrup goes great with iced tea, club soda, cocktails, and lemonade.
- Put it in your smoothie.
While the flavour of lemon balm is not as intense as a lemon, the light essence will enhance the taste of your smoothie. Toss in a handful of lemon balm leaves to your smoothie recipe, blend, and enjoy.
- Infuse your honey with lemon balm.
Get a jar, add fresh lemon balm leaves up to half the jar then fill it with honey. Store the mixture for a month then strain the leaves out. You can use infused honey for desserts and tea.
- Add lemon balm to your jams.
If you love processing fruits, chop some lemon balm leaves and add them to your jams before you place them in jars. Not only will the leaves infuse your jam, it will add texture and an herb flavour, making it tastier.
- Enhance your fruit salads and pies.
Add chopped leaves of lemon balm to your fruit salad mixture to make it tastier and healthier. You can also include chopped leaves in pies, tarts, cookies or fruit crisps.
- Make lemon balm chicken.
Rub a mixture of chopped lemon balm leaves and softened butter to your chicken before you put it in the oven.
- Make lemon balm-infused dressing.
Put lemon balm leaves in a jar until it’s half full then fill it with white vinegar. Seal the jar and store for 4 weeks. Strain the leaves and put the infused vinegar in a bottle. You can use this dressing in fresh salads, salsa and chutney.