Homemade lavender tea!! Forget about your noisy, busy routine and all the troubles of your day. Settle down with a book and a cup of relaxing lavender tea. This soothing cup of tea will taste and smell like your at the spa!
After a recent trip to the Sequim Lavender Festival, we have been feeling inspired by all things lavender. This hot lavender tea has made it into my nightly ritual lately.
Lavender tea is a calming beverage that will help you wind down and relax. It is a sleep-inducing, stress relieving and an all-around relaxing drink.
Is all lavender culinary or edible?
Not all lavender is used for culinary purposes. Most lavender that you see in craft stores or in scented sachets is for ornamental, cosmetic, and aroma purposes. Some of it gets treated with pesticides. To avoid ingesting unwanted chemicals, make sure you buy or grow organic lavender.
Are all lavender plants the same species?
There are also several different species of lavender. Even though most lavender species are fine for using in food, certain species are more suitable for culinary purposes. Lavandula angustifolia is more commonly known as English lavender and is the most popular type of lavender used in cooking. It has the sweetest aroma and flavor among all the lavender species and gives the most assertive lavender flavor. This homemade lavender tea is an excellent example to enjoy both the aroma and flavor.
Lavendula stoechas, or French lavender is another common type of lavender but it is not suitable for culinary purposes. Not only does it have a more bitter flavor, but it contains camphor. I don’t know if it has enough camphor in it to get you sick but I don’t recommend using it in your food.
Homemade Lavender Tea:
It’s easy to make your own lavender tea. All you need is a small amount of dried lavender buds and hot water. We have found the best ratio is a tablespoon of lavender buds for two cups of water. However the length of time you let the lavender steep will have the biggest impact on the flavor of your tea.
Let the lavender buds steep for anywhere between 3 to 10 minutes. If you let it sit too long and it gets too strong then dilute it with a bit more hot water. However, if you do let it steep too long it will tend to pull out more bitter notes.
Serve your lavender tea with a splash of lemon and a dollop of honey. Then sit back, close your eyes, and imagine you’re being pampered at the spa.
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If you like cooking with lavender, you might like this easy no-churn vanilla-lavender ice cream. We infused lavender in some cream. It gives ice cream an amazing and unique flavor.
Or you might want to try baking with lavender. This lavender cake recipe has made it to many weddings and birthdays. Try it for your next big celebration.
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Want more lavender in your lavender tea? Try sweetening it with some lavender infused sugar.
- 4 tablespoons culinary lavender buds
- 8 cups boiling water
- Place the lavender buds in a pot and pour boiling water over them.
- Allow the lavender to steep for 10 minutes.
- Pour the tea through a strainer into a cup.
- Add honey or sugar as desired.
Store any unused tea in the fridge and warm it up when you are ready to turn your home into a spa retreat.
Amount Per Serving Calories 3Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g