Mint and Lemon Balm Iced Tea

Lemon balm is an herb from the mint family that is believed to promote calm and reduce stress, and it contains antioxidants that may inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses. The leaves have a subtle lemon aroma that pairs very nicely with regular mint in this refreshing iced tea. 

This recipe is really more of a loose template that you can play with as you like. If you prefer a stronger tea, add more herbs and allow it to steep for a longer period of time. You can also sweeten it with honey or add orange slices or fresh berries for a touch of  sweetness and added flavor. It is also delicious served warm as a tisane. 


  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 8 sprigs fresh lemon balm, plus more for serving
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint, plus more for serving
  • 1 small lemon, sliced


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot. Thoroughly wash the lemon balm and mint and add to the boiling water. Turn off the heat and let the herbs steep for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain the tea into a pitcher and discard the herb sprigs. Add the lemon slices and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Serve over ice in tall glasses and garnish with fresh lemon balm and mint. The tea will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.