Lemon Balm Lavender Lemonade
by Hillary Tijerina·
Our monthly beverage pairs perfectly with your mask and supports the month’s theme and intention of nourishing your body inside and out.
We’re savoring the final days of the spring season with a fresh take on an old favorite: lemonade made with a lovely lavender simple syrup and dried lemon balm.
As the weather continues to warm, this beverage refreshes and replenishes with the power of real herbs and fresh fruit juice, all dressed up in a vibrant and delicious drink. Cheers!
Lavender Simple Syrup:
1 c water
1 c organic sugar
2 Tbsp lavender buds
1.5 c freshly squeezed lemon juice (around 6-8 lemons)
2 Tbsp dried lemon balm
2 c. water (still or sparkling water)
Handful of ice
Make the Lavender simple syrup. Add 1 c of water, sugar, and lavender buds to a small small pot. Bring to boil and dissolve sugar. Take off heat, set aside, and let lavender buds steep for 20 minutes, and then strain.
Make the Lemon Balm Tea. Boil 1 c of water, once boiling, turn off the heat and add dried lemon balm and let sit for 5 minutes to create a lemon balm tea. Add strained tea, remaining 1 c of cold water, and freshly squeezed lemons juice to the pitcher. Stir in ⅓ c of lavender simple syrup. (You can adjust the sweetness based on your preference.) Pour over ice and sip, sit back, and relax!
Lemon: Extremely high in vitamin C, soluble fiber and plant compounds that offer a number of health benefits, lemons can potentially reduce the risk of heart disease, anemia, and kidney stones, and may ease digestive issues.
Lemon balm: A member of the mint family, this medicinal herb has been used for centuries to reduce stress, promote sleep, ease pain and indigestion.
Lavender: This flower contains more than 100 known phytochemicals and antioxidants, including limonene, which stimulates digestive enzymes in the liver and may help to detoxify the body of carcinogens. It’s also associated with calming effects and is a source of vitamin A, calcium and iron.