What is lavender tea?
Lavender tea is a tea made from the purple flower lavender. Lavender has many health benefits such as reducing blood pressure, helping relieve skin ailments and its packed with antioxidants but the most common reason people drink lavender tea would be as a sleep aid. In my experience it works pretty well as a herbal remedy and the smell this tea leaves in my kitchen is just beautiful. I have not included calorie information for this recipe because I genuinely have no idea whether there are calories in lavender or whether they would transfer to the tea although I would imagine if there is a number of calories, it would be very low. This lavender tea is intended as a herbal sleep remedy and should be respected as such. This recipe or any advice within the recipe should be used alongside the advice of a registered medical practitioner. Lavender tea is really quick and easy to make so lets get cracking.
Step 1: Harvest and dry
Firstly you will need to harvest some lavender if you don’t have any to hand. Pick a punch of the stems with the brightest freshest flowers. Make sure you do not clear an area of lavender as these are a favourite for the bees which of course are very important for our eco system so we need to give them all the care we can. Tie the stems up and hang them to dry completely for several days. This process can vary in time due to the moisture in the air which can vary from place to place and time of year. The reason we dry herbs and medicinal flowers before using them is two fold. Firstly, it gives the chance for any little bugs that may have been hiding in your lavender a chance to crawl out, we don’t need any extra protein in our recipe. Secondly, if herbs are dried they will last much longer and can be stored away for use whenever we need them.
Once your lavender is dry you can pick the purple flowers off of the stem ready for use.
Step 2: Fill a teabag and steep
For this recipe you will need either biodegradable tea bags or a reusable tea bag or tea strainer. Place roughly two teaspoons of lavender in your favourite mug and fill with boiling water. When making tea it really is important to get the water as hot as you possibly can as this helps the flavours infuse with the water. Leave your tea to steep for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Experiment with colouring (optional)
By now you will notice your tea has a green tinge to it. This is completely normal and natural, you have not done anything wrong this is the natural colour of lavender tea. If you would like to make your tea purple for aesthetic purposes you will need to add either some food colouring or something to naturally die the water. Red cabbage and Blueberry will make quite a nice purple and the blueberry flavour will be noticeable in the tea. Personally, I absolutely adore the combination of lavender and blueberry!
1 sugar or 2?
You can add honey or maple syrup to sweeten this tea if necessary, its a much healthier alternative to granulated sugars and sweeteners but don’t forget, if you are struggling to sleep, sugars of any kind may not be in your best interest.
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