Revered for centuries as a way to soothe, calm and cleanse lavender has earned itself a name as the perennial plant that can do no bad. Everyone can find a use for this versatile herb as its unique properties are impossible to mirror.
Recently lavender tea has become popular amongst many, not yet on the supermarket shelves, it certainly won’t be long before this is taking a prime spot alongside the chamomile infusions and herbal blends, possibly becoming more popular than all of them put together.
The reasons lavender tea could quite easily see to the demise of the chamomile and others is simple, the health benefits are immense offering not one advantage but many that make it a drink of magical qualities.
As we know lavender naturally induces sleep the safe way. Proven years ago, even Queen Victoria would enjoy a lavender spritz on her freshly laundered bedding to promote a good night’s sleep. However studies have shown that these benefits extend beyond the aromatherapy, allowing tea drinkers to experience the same sedative effect through a warming cup. It can also help with leg spasms and restlessness making it ideal as a night time cuppa.
Lavender has been proved to be as effective when ingested as it is when inhaled. This makes lavender tea perfect to enjoy when experiencing the onset of a headache. Lavender oil rubbed onto the temples can double the effectiveness harnessing the calming effect from the inside out. It is claimed that lavender tea works best for headaches induced by nervousness or exhaustion and some say it is a great remedy for pre-menstrual migraines.
Lavender tea is known to alleviate stomach cramps, cure indigestion and even act as an anti-flatulent. Typically peppermint tea is used for this purpose however with all of the additional benefits it’s plain to see why lavender tea may soon be leading the way.
How to Make Lavender Tea
Some specialist shops online do sell the perfect preparation of lavender tea, however it is also simple to make your own. Using the lavender from your garden or from buying lavender seeds and flowers online you can whip up this cure all in no time.
Simply take two teaspoons of flowers or buds (the freshest the better if harvesting your own, try not to pick blooms that are wilted or dry) and mix with one cup of boiling water. You can use honey to taste and many enjoy adding manuka honey as it combines the healing powers of both natural ingredients to make the perfect refreshing healthy drink.
A more concentrated tea (5-6 teaspoons of flowers) can be used for treating superficial cuts and burns, whereas increasing the lavender content will produce a disinfectant suitable for all surfaces.