Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
This comforting herbal tea evokes wonderful childhood memories of lavender-filled pillows on cold winter’s nights. Alas, it is no surprise, that Lavender Tea has the very same sleep inducing properties. For centuries, this wonderful herb has been used to harmonise mood, soothe pain and, of course, promote restful sleep!
In fact, in this fast-paced and uptight modern age, it seems as if lavender is needed now more than ever. Lavender Tea not only provides you with relief from insomnia, but also offers delicious, refreshing and notably herbaceous flavours. It is likewise used for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as to treat gastrointestinal issues, and even improve digestive system health.
Whatever your reason, be it for flavour, aroma, or the health benefits of Lavender Tea will never disappoint. We pack every one of our special herbal teas fresh to order at our Pluckley based factory; nestled away in the beautiful Kentish countryside.
Consuming lavender in tea form is just one of the many ways this age-old herb has been enjoyed over the course of thousands of years. Botanically known as Lavandula angustifolia, and belonging to the mint family, Lamiaceae, this flowering plant originates from the Mediterranean. Easily recognised by its pleasant aroma and stunning purple flowers, lavender is now also cultivated throughout the world, particularly in Europe, the United States, and Australia.
It is often used in many household and commercial products, such as soaps, shampoos, potpourri and cloth sachets. Looking back to its earliest known use, it is believed that the Ancient Egyptians used lavender as a perfume and in incense. It was also recorded by the well-renowned Greek naturalist, Dioscorides, who used lavender medicinally as long ago as the first century CE.
Dioscorides noted that, when taken internally, lavender had the ability to relieve indigestion, headaches, and sore throats. When applied externally, meanwhile, it was believed that lavender could be used to clean wounds, as well as treat burns and many skin-related issues. This was published in his famous 5-volume work entitled De Materia Medica. The Roman Naturalist, Pliny the Elder (23 - 79 CE), meanwhile, noted that lavender could treat upset stomachs, kidney disorders, jaundice, dropsy, and even insect bites!
Perhaps most famously, Queen Elizabeth I used lavender to treat her frequent migraines. She would later encourage the development of lavender farms, which subsequently led to a greater widespread interest in the herb. Less than a century after her reign, lavender prices soared during the Great Plague of 1665, following the belief that using the herb could ward off disease. It was likewise favoured by Queen Victoria in the 19th Century, who simply enjoyed the enticing scent of the scrub.
During this same period, fresh lavender was dried and put into muslin bags for wardrobes and was stuffed between sheets in linen presses. Allegedly, it was even placed between the cleavages of young women in the hope of attracting a suitor. Today, we prefer lavender when it is brewed up for a nice, warm cup of herbal tea.
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Lavender Tea is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: There is certainly no mistaking this herbal tisane when it comes to flavours and aromas, both of which are notably herbaceous and floral. Lavender Tea is refreshing to the last, and is the perfect choice for evening drinking!
Colour in Cup: Silvery liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: There is no denying Lavender Tea’s ability when it comes to providing the avid consumer with a peaceful night’s sleep. However, there is also science behind this wonder brew, promoting its frequent consumption.
Lavender Tea can stimulate the release of certain neurotransmitters that can offset the excess stress hormones in the body. One study published in the 2011 edition of the ‘Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine’ discovered that patients who were treated by inhaling lavender oil experienced a significant reduction in stress levels.
While this was through the use of oil rather than a herbal tisane, it is fair to say the results are very similar! Lavender Tea is also rich in many vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, and vitamin A. Combined, these components, coupled with the tea’s incredible antioxidant strength, can improve cardiovascular health and offer relief to depression and anxiety sufferers.
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon
CountryMore Than One Origin