Also Known As: Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis, English lavender, French lavender, common lavender, true lavander, lavandula
What is lavender tea? Lavender tea is made from fresh or dried lavender flowers.
A short shrub that grows to about two feet in height, the lavender plant has gray-green narrow leaves and aromatic purple flowers covering its branches.
Native to Mediterranean mountain zones, lavender now grows prolifically throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States.
The perennial lavender plant, valued for its beauty and scent, is grown in gardens throughout the world.
There are many species of lavender plants, but medicinally the most commonly used type is English Lavender, which can be used in tea.
The light floral flavor blends well with other teas and the flowers themselves are sometimes candied and eaten.
It is also used to flavor foods, icings, syrups, cakes, cookies and other baked goods.
Lavender Tea Preparations
Fresh Flower Tea:
- 1 teaspoon of Lavender flowers
- 1 cup of boiling water
Add lavender to water then cover and steep for 10 minutes.
Dried Flower Tea:
- 1-2 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers
- 1 cup boiling water
Add lavender to water. Steep for 10-15 minutes, then sweeten to taste or add other herbs or flavoring.
Home Remedies Using Lavender Tea
Benefits of Lavender Tea
For thousands of years lavender has been used for its health benefits. Burned as as incense and used to ward off the evil eye it was thought to be a medicinal cure-all. The Egyptians and the Romans both used this herb.
Valued for its soothing qualities the tea was used by Queen Elisabeth to get rid of migraine headaches.
It was used to treat mental health issues, depression and stress and topically for an antiseptic wash.
Today lavender tea is still used to combat migraine headaches. The tea is considered to have anti-spasmodic qualities relieving pressure and tensions in the body that can cause painful headaches.
It is thought combat depression and mental stress by energizing the mentality.
The tea is used to relieve insomnia relaxing the muscles and providing an overall tonic to the body. It reduces stress, fatigue, anxiety and restlessness making it easier to get a good nights rest.
It can help with muscle cramping and pain from menstruation.
Its anti-microbial properties can be utilized to detoxify the kidneys helping with the digestive system to ease gas and upset stomach and combat stomach infections.
It can provide help for colds and coughs, promote sweating for fevers and has valuable antioxidant qualities.
Lavender tea can also be used topically as a local anesthetic, applied as a compress it sooths cuts, bruises or sprains. It can also be used on bee stings to ease pain and swelling and also as a bug repellent.
Side Effects of Lavender Tea
The side effects of lavender tea can be headache, changes in appetite, and constipation.
Lavender tea taken with sedative medications may increase drowsiness. May interact with other medications.
Lavender may affect hormonal levels in young boys.
Please consult with a doctor before using any herbal remedy.