Apart from being a very beautiful flower, lavender has many uses including its use in shampoos, soaps and in sachets for scenting clothes. It is used to soothe and relieve stress in the form of bath oils. It also has many medicinal benefits including being used as a remedy for insomnia and anxiety among others. A drop of lavender oil on your pillow can calm you down and bring about a peaceful sleep.
The lavender plant is indigenous to the Mediterranean region where it grows in the mountainous areas. It is found in many parts of the world today including America, Europe, and Australia.
Lavender is not technically a tea on its own, but it can be brewed with hot water to create what is known as an herbal tea, similar to chamomile or peppermint etc, each with its own beneficial properties. If you wish to add other herbs to your lavender tea, it is always safest to research the herbs properly before you add them to anything you eat or drink.
This recipe for lavender tea makes use of the delicate buds of the lavender flower to enhance the flavor of your tea. You can use the buds with either black or green tea – it goes quite well with both tea types. You can also make a tea of lavender buds all on their own. Lavender is rather pungent particularly the stem, it is advisable to use it sparingly and to not use the stem at all when brewing tea, as it can render bitter flavors which might not be pleasant to drink.
The first step is to buy the lavender buds; you can get them in a specialized lavender shop or at farms that grow and sell lavender. Be certain that you are buying lavender that is good for cooking – you definitely don’t want harmful chemicals on the flowers. You can also dry your own lavender to use, assuming you are growing culinary lavender. Not all types of lavender are suited for kitchen use.
Boil water as you normally would to make a pot of tea, put the tea bags, either green or black tea, the choice is yours, into the pot. Just before you pour in the boiling water, place a tablespoon full of the lavender buds in the pot. You can adjust the quantity of lavender buds according to the amount of tea you plan to make. A couple of trial runs and you will soon figure out the amount of lavender buds you need to use to brew the tea that works best for you.
Let the lavender steep and the aroma and flavors meld into the tea for at least 5 minutes. Here again trial and error will soon tell you how long to let it steep. Rather than straining out the buds, try sipping them along with the tea to get the full benefit of their flowery flavor.
For herbal tea drinkers who want the pure taste of lavender all you need to do is pour the boiling water directly over the lavender buds. For a slightly stronger lavender taste, add some lavender flavored sugar to the mix.
The list of health benefits from consuming lavender tea is a long one and includes but is not limited to: eases insomnia, calms the nerves and relieves stress, treats stomach disorders like colic and flatulence and relieves migraine headaches. Drinking a cup of lavender tea will also serve as a pick-me-up to lift your flagging spirits. You can dispel those gloomy thoughts that often lead to depression with a good hot cup of lavender tea.
Lavender tea is an excellent digestive aid and offers a rather exotic flavor with a delicate floral scent. Brew some today!