We just love this pretty honey-producing plant and its lemony scent!
Lemon balm is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. This pretty shoot originating from the north-eastern part of the Mediterranean, was introduced in the West in the Middle Ages. It's now very common in Europe, where it can grow spontaneously in woods or hedges. Some people even grow it in their garden!
Composed of branched stems and frilled green leaves, this plant can reach a maximum height of 80 cm.
Rich in phenolic acids and flavonoids, lemon balm is known for its calming and sleep-inducing properties, as well as its ability to facilitate digestion. The lemon scent makes it a delicious ingredient for herbal teas.
A mixture of lemon balm, verbena, and orange blossom petals
To relax and unwind...
Our lemon balm is harvested in the Drôme region of France by our partner farmer Frederic.
It can be harvested up to 3 times per year, preferably in the morning when the dew has disappeared and before the afternoon heat sets in.
The plants are then dried between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius to preserve all their active ingredients and then stored in a dry place away from the light to prevent them from becoming waterlogged and losing their vitality.
Once the lemon balm leaves arrive at our workshop, it is up to our brewmasters to find the best sidekicks to go with the plant to create original and quirky recipes with a unique taste.
Lemon balm blends perfectly with verbena and orange blossom petals in our Take a Break infusion. This recipe boasts a sweet fragrance and floral notes to help you unwind. Breathe in, breathe out... with Les 2 Marmottes, there's plenty of time to take it easy.
In our Boost Me blend, the sweetness of lemon balm is combined with the tangy notes of hibiscus flower and guarana seed. 3 cups a day are enough to get you back on track!
1,2,3...Sleep! is a night tea where chamomile meets lemon balm and lemon to form the perfect evening herbal tea.