For most people tea is nothing else then a hot beverage. But they forget that tea is also a special form of extracting helpful agents out of different kinds of plants. In this series I will show how different teas can affect your wellbeing. For sure it is no substitute for a doctor if you are really sick. In particular this article i will tell you everything you need to know about lavender tea.
I really love lavender plants around the house. Lavender looks gorgeous, smells wonderful and it is a healthy nutrition for bees and butterflies. Furthermore, there is a long forgotten additional aspect of lavender- the lavender tea. Since medieval ages the medical plant was well known for its support against migraine, nervousness and insomnia. Even Hildegard of Bingen advised this tea with honey against different sufferings.
Effects of lavender tea
As well as the essential oil of lavender, the lavender tea has a soothing effect and supports a calm sleep. Therefore, a mug of lavender tea is advisable in the evening before going to bed. Another situation where I used to drink this tea is a jetlag. Lavender tea can also help your body to calm down through the night in a different time zone.
But lavender tea is not only helpful through the night, you can also drink it during a stressful day at work. Also stress related head ache can be fought by lavender tea.
Besides the soothing effect, lavender has also a good impact on the alimentary system and can help with fomentation and constipation in a gentle way.
For external use you can also use lavender tea as well as the blossoms as a bath additive. Put 3-4 Tablespoons of lavender blossoms into boiling water and let it steep for around 10 minutes. This amount of tea is enough for a whole bathtub. Such a bath is a pleasure after a long and stressful day.
But be careful:
As good as the effects of lavender tea are, you need to take care of overconsumption. If you drink too much lavender tea it could have a negative impact on your alimentary system, because the essential oils can irritate the mucosa.
Keep in mind, you shouldn’t drink it if you are pregnant. Science didn’t proof the security for the foetus yet.
How to make your own tea
The easiest way to make lavender tea is for sure to buy some tea bags in the supermarket. But if you have some lavender plants in the garden you can easily produce your own one.
You can make the tea out of fresh as well as dried buds. In both cases you need to wash the lavender with cold water before processing, to remove mighty contamination. Afterwards you can separate the buds of the stem. For a tea out of fresh buds you need for one mug around two to tree teaspoons of buds, put them into a tea ball or a sachet and let them steep for around 10 minutes.
To make tea out of the dried flower you need to put the fresh buds flat on a paper towel on a warm place in the shade, because sunlight can destroy the helpful ingredients and let it dry for around two weeks.
If you have ever tried lavender tea, you will know the taste takes getting used to. Therefore, I use to mix it with chamomile or lime tree tea. Every evening I make a cup out of one teaspoon linden tree and a half teaspoon of dried lavender.
Cheers and good night 😉