Valerie Lull, MH
Lavender is a fragrant plant that is referred to in the Bible as nard or spikenard. It was used for centuries for all kinds of things from recovery after childbirth, to problems with digestion. It is still a popular herb in today’s world. There are different kinds of lavender. Some kinds are considered weeds.
The most commonly used kind of lavender for healing purposes is Lavandula augustifolia. There seems to be very little research on lavender in tea form. According to folklore, a tea can be brewed from lavender that can be used for anxiety and stress. Lavender tea can also help with bloating and digestive issues. Lavender tea can be applied topically for skin issues.
The area where the most research has been done with lavender is essential oil. Several studies have shown that lavender essential oil may be beneficial for anxiety. It is used by aromatherapists to bring calm from stress. Lavender oil can be used as a massage oil which is very soothing. Lavender can be added to the bath to bring restful and relaxation.
Lavender tea is popular and can be found in most places that sell herbal teas. It can be found online. Lavender can be mixed with other herbs and teas to make a pleasant and calming beverage. Some popular combinations are lavender and green tea, lavender and chamomile, lavender and mint and lavender and white tea.
There is an almost endless list of herbs and spices that can be added to lavender tea. Exercise your creativity. See what you can come up with. Below is a recipe.
3 T fresh lavender flowers or 1 1/2 T dried lavender flowers
2 C boiling water
Honey or sweetener of choice
Lemon if desired
Put the flowers in an infuser or a tea pot. Add the boiling water and let the flowers steep 4-5 minutes. Strain and pour into cups. Serve with sweetener and/or lemon.
Castleman, Michael, The New Healing Herbs, Rodale, 2009, p. 202
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