After all these years of having fresh herbs in the garden, I finally decided to dry fresh lemon balm and mint. I can not believe with a garden full of these lovely herbs I have not done this sooner!
Lemon Balm is said to have many healing qualities - you can read about lemon balm here.
I cut some stalks of lemon balm, and stalks of mint - mine is not true mint - it tastes like peppermint and spearmint - but either would work well here.
This not a good picture because of the lighting, but what I did do was to attach an elastic band around the bottom edges of the stalks of herbs. Then I hung them by string upside down on a curtain rod in the kitchen. My kitchen always has a window or two open so there is always a breeze. It is important to have good air flow when drying these herbs.
I did loose track of time. This is a guess here but I think they hung for at least 2 weeks. I did two other batches, and between warm weather, some wind through the windows, they were dry in one weeks time.
Then I picked off each leaf, making sure not to include the tough stems. Then chop until you have a small consistency - wow does it ever smell luscious :
2 cups dried lemon balm, chopped fine
1 1/2 cups dried mint - spearmint or peppermint
Cut your dried herbs - you want them fairly small - similar to tea leaves. Add to a bowl and combine the two herbs.
Mix up until well combined and transfer to a mason jar, to store in a dark cupboard.
To make the tea, add 3 Tblsp. of dried tea mixture to 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes. Squeeze in the juice of a fresh lemon wedge and a tad bit of honey, stirring to combine. Refreshing homemade tea at it's best!