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Lavender Tea…Rich History

Lavender Tea…Rich History

Lavender is well known for its calming and stress-relieving properties. Some advocates contend that it can help with depression and can alleviate or reduce the risk of migraines.  It is also reported to be able to calm an upset stomach as well as reduce the discomfort of trapped wind and/or flatulence in a more natural way.

Making Lavender Tea Couldn’t Be Simpler

Pick flowers before they are completely open for best results. Take a handful of dried lavender flowers and infuse in a teapot with boiling water. After steeping the flowers for approximately ten minutes you then strain the liquid, removing any of the flower parts and then your lavender tea is ready to drink.

This is one recipe that is extremely inexpensive. Growing your own lavender alleviates the need to purchase the lavender.  For those who prefer to buy the dried lavender it is relatively cheap and can be bought online, in many health shops, and from lavender specialists. Many supermarkets now stock lavender based tea-bags alongside their fruit and herbal tea.

Lavender Tea Recipe

Bring a pot of water to a boil, then pour it over the tea herbs and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. As a rule of thumb; use 1 heaping teaspoon of herb for each cup of water. Remember dried herbs are almost always stronger than fresh (lavender, rosemary, and mints are stronger dried).  If you need more specifics: Use 2 1/2 Tbsp fresh lavender petals (4 tsp dried and crushed) and 3 to 4 fresh mint leaves (4 Tbsp if dried).  Honey or other natural sweetener can be added at this stage.

White or green tea is the best companion with lavender and other herbs. Both types of tea are full of natural antioxidants to bolster our immunity, improve circulation, protect liver and kidney function, and sharpen mental focus.

 

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