Lavender tea has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and stimulates blood circulation. At the same time, lavender tea has a relaxing and calming effect on the entire organism. It is considered a proven home remedy and is used mainly for the following complaints:
- abdominal cramps
- circulatory problems
- concentration problems
- flatulence and bloating
- sleep disorders
- stomach pain
As a medicinal plant, lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) was already appreciated by the Romans, who also used it for washing and perfumed their bath water with it. Lavender also plays an important role in monastic medicine. As a healthy tea, it has not lost its importance to this day. The reason for this is the valuable ingredients of lavender, which include essential oils in high concentration, but also many tannins, bitter substances, flavonoids and saponins.
Ingredients for lavender tea
You can make lavender tea yourself in no time. The most important ingredient: lavender flowers. Always make sure to use only organic quality plant parts, preferably from your own garden.
For a cup of lavender tea you need:
- Tea infuser or tea filter
- 2 heaped teaspoons of lavender flowers
- 250 milliliters of boiling water
Preparation of lavender tea
Place two heaping teaspoons of lavender flowers in a tea infuser or tea filter and then in a cup. Pour boiling water into the cup and let the tea steep, covered, for eight to ten minutes. Now you can enjoy your homemade lavender tea.
If the flowery-soapy lavender tea does not quite meet your taste, you can sweeten the tea with honey or mix it with other teas. For example, teas made from rose petals, chamomile, lime blossoms or licorice are suitable for this. Valerian or St. John’s wort also harmonize well with lavender tea and also increase its balancing effect.
Use lavender tea correctly
Drunk during the day and in small sips after meals, lavender tea mainly relieves abdominal discomfort. If you take lavender tea before sleeping, it has a calming effect and thus improves your sleep. However, despite its positive effects, adults should not drink more than two to three cups of lavender tea a day. Pregnant women should also consult a doctor before taking it, even if side effects are unlikely. Also, do not drink for more than four to six weeks, then take a break of at least two weeks.
Other possible applications of lavender
The application of lavender in the form of tea is only one of many ways to use the beneficial effects of the medicinal plant. Especially in the field of natural cosmetics, there are countless products that contain lavender. There is a wide range with relaxing baths, oils, creams, soaps and perfumes.
Lavender is also popular in cooking. Not only in Provençal cuisine, dishes with vegetables, meat and fish, but also desserts and sauces are refined with lavender flowers. However, it should be noted that lavender, whether fresh or dried, should be used sparingly, because its distinctive aroma will otherwise mask other spices.
Grow lavender yourself
You can easily grow lavender even in temperate climate: It thrives just as well in a pot on the patio as planted out in the garden. It is also very easy to care for. Simply choose a sunny and warm spot with sandy-gravelly, dry and nutrient-poor soil for the Mediterranean plant. Winter protection is only necessary in very cold regions or in case of long-lasting frost. Potted plants are watered sparingly, lavender in the bed only in case of permanent drought. However, to keep lavender vital for many years, it is recommended to prune it annually in spring.