Lavender is having its moment in sun, quite literally. From essentials oils, bath soaps, and massage oils, to pastries, lemonades, and teas, lavender can be found in almost every home. Learning how to make lavender tea has also become quite popular among tea connoisseurs and tea lovers.
Lavender tea, which is also known as tisane, is a caffeine-free drink made by steeping lavender herbs. We’ll share a simple recipe on how to make lavender tea at home. But first, a little background about this incredible herb.
Benefits of Lavender
For many centuries, people have used lavender as a calming beverage, a stress-relieving, and, perhaps even more popularly as a calming fragrance in aromatherapy.
Lavender is well-known for its soothing and calming effects. It’s quite common in many tea blends where it’s used to provide relaxation in conditions such as anxiety and depression. It’s even known to help with sleep. In fact, many people seem attracted to all things lavender. There’s even an annual lavender festival in the little town of Sequiem, Washington.
Once you learn how to make lavender tea, you’ll immediately want to turn it into your nightly ritual or your favorite nightcap. Here are two ways you can make lavender tea:
Recipe 1: Hot Lavender Tea
Note: Go for loose lavender tea whenever possible since they tend to provide higher quality tea than tea bags.
Step One: Boil your water, more than you need so you can also warm up your teapot. We recommend an electric kettle with temperature settings so you can get the temperature just right. If you don’t have one, just bring the water to a boil.
Step Two: Warm up your teapot by pouring water into it, swirling it around and then emptying it.
Step Three: Place the lavender tea in the teapot, add the hot water, cover it up, and steep for 5-7 minutes.
Step Four: Strain the lavender herbs or the tea bags and then pour the hot tea into your favorite mug or cup. Enjoy!
Recipe 1: Lavender Iced-Tea
As with many other teas, cold brewing is often the easiest way to make and enjoy tea. Not to stir a debate but, iced tea tastes so much better than hot tea. Here’s how you can make a tasty cup of iced tea:
Step One: Place your lavender tea or tea bags in a glass container or pitcher. Cool or room temperature filtered water works best.
Step Two: Cover the mix and place inside the refrigerator to cold brew for a minimum of 6 hours.
Step Three: Strain the lavender herbs, buds, or tea bags and then pour into your favorite tea cup.
Step Four: Iced tea is already chilled but you can also add ice to give it that yummy look and taste.
Important Notes on How to Make Lavender Tea
- There are over 30 types of lavender, which are used to make different products Ensure you are using food-grade lavender
- Loose-leaf lavender tea provides a higher quality tea than tea bags
- Resist the temptation to add too much lavender herbs or tea bags. Your tea will be too strong and won't be pleasant to drink.
- To preserve quality, store your lavender loose-leaf tea and tea bags in an airtight container away from heat, humidity, light, and odors.
Does lavender tea have caffeine?
Absolutely not. It won't keep you up so it can be a perfect night.
What does lavender tea taste like?
If you don’t put in too much lavender, it will have a light and fresh taste, though heavily floral, with a hint of mint.
For how long can you store lavender tea?
You can keep it in the refrigerator for 5 days.
Do all the lavender plants belong to the same species?
Not at all. There are many species of lavender and while most of them are food-grade or suitable for culinary purposes, a few of them aren’t. Always ensure you are using food-grade lavender.