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How to make Lemon Balm Jelly

Updated on May 23, 2014

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You're going to love the fresh, lemony, minty flavor of this jelly.

It's marvellous on toast, in a peanut butter jelly sandwich, or on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Lemon balm has been known to help with digestive problems, cramps, and anxiety, as well as being helpful for sufferers of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD].

This is a delicious way to get all the benefits of this lovely herb!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 1 1/2 cups of jelly


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup lemon balm leaves, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 package pectin powder


  1. Chop lemon balm. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and add the lemon balm. Let it steep for 20 minutes. Bring to a boil again, and let it sit for 10 more minutes.
  2. If you're going to preserve it rather than eating it fresh, begin to sterilize your canning jar.
  3. Strain the leaves from your lemon balm tea. Return the liquid to the stove and add pectin, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  4. Immediately pour what you want to preserve into sterilized jar and seal.
  5. Eat!

Step One

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm | Source

Set 2 cups of water to boil in a pot. Chop up 1 cup's worth of lemon balm, and add it to the water when it boils.

Step Two

Making Lemon Balm "Tea"
Making Lemon Balm "Tea" | Source

Turn the heat off and let it steep for 20 minutes, then bring it back to a boil, turn it off, and let it sit for ten more.

Step Three


Strain out all the leaf and stem materials, and pour the liquid back into the pan.

If you mean to preserve it in a jar, start to sterilize your jar and lid now, by putting it in another pot, cover with water and bring it to a boil.

Take your lemon balm liquid, and add the lemon, the pectin, and the sugar. Stir it well, and bring to a full rolling boil, stirring the whole time. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.

Use tongs to remove your jar from the hot water. Pour your jelly into it, screw the lids on, and set aside to cool.

Eat it!


It's lovely on toast, in peanut butter jelly sandwiches, spooned onto ice cream...just for a few ideas.

Jars full make beautiful gifts, as well!


You can make jelly from any kind of tea with the method above. It can make a very interesting change from the usual fruit jellies - give it a try!

Have you ever used lemon balm in cooking?

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    • Cyndi10 profile image

      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Looks easy and yummy. My kind of recipe. Bookmarking to try later. I might try it already made before investing a lot of time in making it. Thanks for giving out the recipe.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Wow! Another jelly recipe to be added into my bookmark. I was having a headache what to spread on the plain toast. Luckily I stumbled upon your hub. Now I could have lemon balm jelly on my toast. Voted up

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      Krissa Klein 4 years ago from California

      You'll find pectin in most supermarkets - often it's near the baking ingredients.

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      D Frankland 4 years ago

      Now that, is going in my collection of recipes. The way those green leaves turn into a lovely golden liquid makes me eager to try it myself. I bet it would be delicious with rice pudding, or tapioca!

      Can I buy pectin powder in the supermarket? Whereabouts would it be?