Lemon Balm & Cardamom
A citrus burst of lemon balm is complemented by the lingering intensity of sweet green cardamom. An exotic tisane to stir the senses.
About the ingredients
Native to southern Europe, Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), is also known as bee balm because of its attractiveness to bees. Melissa is Greek for honey bee.
There is an old Arabian proverb: “Balm makes the heart merry and joyful.”
Once known as ‘cure-all’, lemon balm was valued by the Ancient Greeks and Romans for its medicinal qualities.
Early herbalists and writers also praised lemon balm for its uplifting value.
The herb is said to have been consumed by King Charles V of France to promote health.
Swiss physician and alchemist, Paracelsus (1493-1541), believed that lemon balm was an ‘Elixir of life’.
Today, lemon balm is considered a calming herb, and can help promote relaxation.
Originally from southern India and Sri Lanka, green cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) seeds come from a plant belonging to the ginger family.
Known as the Queen of Spices, it is one of the world’s most ancient spices – and one of the most expensive, second only to saffron.
Ancient Egyptians are said to have used it as a tooth cleaner by chewing it, and the Romans and Greeks used it as perfume.
In the famous book Arabian Nights, cardamom is referred to for its aphrodisiac properties.
It has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine and is also used widely in Chinese medicine.
Today, cardamom has been shown to possess antioxidant properties.