Lavender, or Lavandula angustifolia, is beloved for its wonderful scent and the lovely purple shade of its flowers. However, one of the best ways to enjoy this plant is by making tea from it! This relaxing drink has a warm, floral taste and is known to have a plethora of amazing health benefits. Here's how to make lavender tea for a relaxing and wellness-boosting cup.
How to Make Lavender Tea
Making lavender tea is very easy, and all you really need are lavender buds. Boil 8 oz of water, and as it boils, place 4 tsp of fresh lavender buds into a sachet or tea ball. Place the sachet into a mug, and pour the boiling water in. Let steep for ten minutes, and then enjoy! For added sweetness, add a drizzle of honey. You can either buy the buds or grow a lavender plant in your garden for a fully DIY cup of tea. If you grow it, pick the buds that appear before they bloom into lavender flowers.
The Many Health Benefits
Lavender tea is not only yummy and easy to prepare, it's full of nutritional benefits that make it more than worthwhile to drink. The most well-known of these is lavender's calming effect and its ability to improve sleep quality, no matter what kind of day you've had. Lavender is often used in aromatherapy for this very quality. Its tea is especially effective if you enjoy the fragrant scent, breathing it in as you unwind and drink your tea. For a night of restful sleep, brew a cup of lavender tea before bedtime.
Another benefit of this calming tea is its ability to soothe menstrual cramps. These uncomfortable pains occur before and throughout the menstrual cycle, and they range from mild to severe. It has been shown that massages with lavender essential oil and simply sniffing lavender can aid with cramps, and drinking lavender herbal tea has a similar effect.
Lavender has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which allows it to improve various skin conditions. Lavender oil fights acne, improves inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis, and heals wounds or scrapes.
Along with this, the calming effects of lavender are shown to improve mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and fatigue. The scent of lavender extract is used in aromatherapy for various mood disorders or stress relief, and drinking its tea is another great way to absorb this scent.
Buy Your Own
If you don't want to go to the effort of growing the plant in your yard, you can find what you need at the grocery store or online on Amazon. Some prefer to buy dried lavender flowers to make high-quality loose leaf tea, but for the easiest option you can simply buy lavender tea bags. From organic lavender to English lavender, all varieties will have the health effects mentioned above. Many lavender tea blends include other teas like chamomile, which will only enhance the relaxation they bring.
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