Lavender and Camomile
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Lavender and Camomile are two remarkable ingredients long marveled for their sleep-inducing capabilities when combined. What more could you possibly want from your evening cup of herbal tea? This is exactly what Lavender and Camomile Tea offers. Aside from its ability to soothe the nervous system, and subsequently relieve symptoms associated with insomnia this delicate, wholesome beverage can also improve skin health, reduce inflammation, and treat gastrointestinal issues.
Perhaps most importantly, Lavender and Camomile Tea is smooth, refreshing, and surprisingly flavoursome, boasting a distinct floral taste and an invigorating aroma. Yet whether you are here for the flavour, or here for the health benefits, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company pack every one of our teas and tisanes fresh when you order, here in our Pluckley-based factory. Lavender and Camomile Tea is certainly no exception.
Before they were blended together for this delicious herbal tisane, lavender and camomile as separate plants / ingredients had very different, yet equally fascinating histories. Lavender, for example, belongs to Lamiaceae family and is, in itself, botanically known as Lavandula angustifolia. It is included in a number of household and commercial products, including soaps, shampoos, potpourri, and, of course, herbal tea. It can also be added to black tea, such as our very own Versailles Lavender Earl Grey.
Some of the earliest records of its usage were written by Greek naturalist, Dioscorides (circa 40 - 90 CE), who recognised its ability to relieve indigestion, headaches, and sore throats. When applied externally, lavender was thought to clean wounds, as well as treat burns. Around this same period, the equally well-renowned Roman Naturalist, Pliny the Elder (23 - 79 CE), noted that lavender could treat upset stomachs, kidney disorders, jaundice, dropsy, and even insect bites. Centuries later, Queen Elizabeth I of Great Britain used lavender to treat her frequent migraines. She would later encourage the development of lavender farms. This mass-cultivation certainly proved a success when the great plague of 1665 struck England and lavender was used to ward off the unforgiving disease!
Camomile, meanwhile, belongs to the Asteraceae family. There are two common species, which are Chamaemelum nobile (or ‘German Camomile’) and Matricaria chamomilla (‘Roman Camomile’). The spelling of ‘Camomile’ differs from region to region. ‘Camomile’ is the British English spelling, while ‘Chamomile’ is the American English spelling. Both, however, come from the Greek word meaning ‘ground apple’, which is likely due to the delightfully fragrant aroma it produces.
It was used extensively by the ancient Egyptians, who often associated it with the Sun God, Re (Ra). The societies of ancient Egypt would have likely used camomile on their skin, as well as in cosmetic and hair care products. It was also used in rituals and ceremonies. Similar to lavender, Dioscorides later recognised Camomiles ability to treat liver and nervous system disorders.
Pliny the Elder would likewise document its capabilities in many of his highly acclaimed, age-old records. He believed that Camomile could relieve headaches, as well as liver and kidney inflammation. The Ancient Romans also scattered the flowers on the floors of banquet halls to perfume the air and, like the ancient Egyptians, burned it as incense during sacred rituals. In Anglo-Saxon societies during this same period and for centuries after, Camomile was seen as one of the nine sacred herbs. So, what do Camomile and Lavender have in common? Well, for starters, they are both delicious. However, for those who wish to understand the science, please see our Health Benefits section below.
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: This beverage is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Lavender and Camomile Tea consists of an earthy-floral infusion wonderfully complemented by slightly sweet undertones. Perfect for evening drinking, naturally!
Colour in Cup: Vibrant yellow liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Lavender and Camomile Tea: We all know how both lavender and camomile can help you to have a restful night sleep. But what else can it offer, you may be asking? When enjoyed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, this herbal tea can reduce anxiety, stimulate the metabolism, and even aid with menstrual discomfort.
The latter, in particular, has been proven following one study conducted by the American Chemical Society. This saw participants consume 5 cups of Camomile tea for two weeks. The results indicated that, by the end of this two week period, all test subjects had increased levels of glycine, a vital amino acid found in the body. Glycine is known to help reduce muscle spasms and relax nerves, including uterine cramps and nervous tension related to the menstrual cycle. This is similar to results established from a study conducted at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, which instead used lavender oil.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayAfternoon
CountryMore Than One Origin