6 Ways to Make Lavender Tea (lavender tea blends in homemade tea bags))

How to Make Lavender Tea + 6 Recipes You’ll Love to Sip On (& Why You Should)

Looking for pure relaxation in a cup? Pour yourself a cup of lavender tea! Lavender has a well-deserved, science-supported reputation for helping to ease our worries, aches and pains, and even our digestion. Here you’ll learn how to make 6 different lavender teas. And we won’t leave out all the potential health benefits of sipping on these delightfully relaxing and caffeine-free herbal teas.

HERE YOU’LL FIND:
The Benefits of Drinking Lavender Tea
Cautions with Drinking Lavender Tea
How to Make Lavender Tea
Answers to All Your Questions About Making Lavender Tea
More DIY Herbal Tea Recipes For You
More Amazing Lavender Recipes
6 Easy DIY Herbal Tea Recipes with Lavender

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fresh lavender sprigs

The Benefits of Drinking Lavender Tea

Herbal teas are one of the easiest and most accessible ways to get the therapeutic benefits of medicinal herbs into your every day life. What’s easier than throwing some herbs into hot water?!

However, much of the research on lavender is on the aromatherapeutic benefits of lavender essential oil and how its enchanting aroma alone can have so many health benefits.

And while there’s, unfortunately, not much research specifically on the health benefits of drinking lavender tea, luckily in steeping the whole flower in hot water, we’re able to consume not only all the vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory antioxidants, but we also get all the benefits of the essential oils.

The incredible smell of this flower is due to its essential oil content, and in sipping on a cup of lavender tea, we’re both inhaling and ingesting its benefits. It’s a double-whammy of herbal goodness!

loose lavender tea spilling out of a diy tea bag with dried lavender stems

The Medicinal Actions of Lavender

Lavender has a long history of use in food and medicine. Here are some of the medicinal properties that make lavender such an amazing addition to your homemade herbal remedies.

  • Diuretic: Diuretics help the body get rid of excess sodium by increasing the amount of fluid we’re getting rid of through urine. May be helpful in treating high blood pressure.
  • Carminative: Carminative herbs help to stimulate digestion in a way that helps to prevent symptoms of poor digestion such as gas and bloating, indigestion, nausea, etc.
  • Antimicrobial: Antimicrobial herbs demonstrate activity against harmful microbes such as bacteria and fungi.
  • Mild sedative: Sedative herbs help to calm the nervous system and can be beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Antispasmodic: Antispasmodic herbs help to soothe muscle contractions and prevent spasms that may present as painful stomach cramping, muscle tension, and more.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Anti-inflammatory herbs have a broad effect of decreasing inflammation in your body.

How Lavender May Support Your Health

Here’s how those medicinal actions of lavender may help to support your health:

  • Improve sleep quality
  • Ease inflammatory skin conditions such as sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, and even small scrapes and cuts
  • Ease other painful inflammatory conditions such as menstrual cramps, migraine headaches, and muscle tension
  • Support healthy digestion so that you absorb more nutrients from the food that you eat
  • Manage stress, anxiety, and depression

For a deeper dive into the science-supported health benefits of lavender, check this out:
All About Lavender – 19 Science-Backed Health Benefits & More

Cautions With Drinking Lavender Tea

While lavender is generally considered a safe herb to consume, there are a few things to consider. And it’s also good to note that many of the recommended precautions and contraindications with lavender pertain to the use of lavender essential oil, a highly concentrated extract, not a wholesome cup of lavender tea.

Lavender tea contains only a small amount of essential oil, the most concentrated form of lavender. Accordingly, drinking lavender tea is a much safer way to enjoy the many health benefits of this beautiful flower.

  • If you suffer from allergies, lavender may or may not be a good herb for you to consume. While lavender allergy is very rare, if you experience allergic symtoms from lavender products or similar flowering herbs, avoid or use caution when consuming lavender tea.
  • If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription medications, always consult with your licensed healthcare practitioner before introducing medicinal plants into your life.
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How to Make Lavender Tea

You can use tea bags or loose flowers to brew lavender tea, and flowers can be either fresh or dried. I recommend using loose flowers if you have access to them. And if using fresh flowers, be sure they’re harvested from areas that aren’t treated with chemicals.

Loose flowers seem to always brew a much higher quality cup of tea with a fresher flavor than bagged teas. Oftentimes, this is because the quality of the herbs is higher in loose tea blends compared to those used in tea bags.

Equipment You’ll Need:

  • Small sauce pan or tea kettle (If you make tea often, this electric tea kettle allows you to control water temperature. Different teas brew better at different temperatures.)
  • Tea basket/strainer/infuser (I love these mesh tea strainers that rest on the edge of your mug and come with their own steeping lids that double as a place to put your stainer when you’re done steeping.)
  • Your favorite mug!

Ingredients:

  • Hot water
  • Loose lavender flowers or tea bags

Method:

Here’s how to make lavender tea in 3 easy steps:

  1. Boil water. Use a tea kettle or small saucepan to bring water to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat.
  1. Steep lavender. Add loose lavender flowers to a tea strainer (or use a tea bag) and add to your favorite mug. Pour hot water in your cup and cover, allowing to steep for 8-10 minutes. The longer you allow the lavender to steep, the stronger your tea will be.
  1. Strain & enjoy. After 8-10 minutes either remove the lavender flowers by either straining or removing the tea bag/ball

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For the most benefit from your herbal teas, be sure to cover them while steeping. You can use a small plate or something similar that will rest on top of your mug. Alternatively, steep your tea in a tumbler with a tea infuser insert (like THIS one) that comes with its own lid. Covering your herbal teas while they steep helps to keep the good stuff from escaping with the steam.

bundle of fresh lavender flowers

Answers to All Your Questions
About Making Lavender Tea

What does lavender tea taste like?

Lavender tea has an incredibly distinctive flavor and fragrance. With subtle hints of rosemary and mint, lavender can be a little earthy and evergreen tasting, but also has a floral sweetness to it as well.

Some people say that it can also have notes of rose and even green apple!

Where to buy lavender tea?

Lavender is best purchased as a loose tea. In fact, lavender tea bags are somewhat hard to find. Instead, you’ll often find lavender as an ingredient in tea blends like a simple chamomile-lavender blend, or sleep-supporting and anti-anxiety blends.

You can find high-quality loose flowers in bulk at many natural food co-operatives or local herb shops. However, if you do not have easy access to these places, Mountain Rose Herbs is a great online herb supplier. I highly recommend purchasing organically-grown lavender flowers for use as food and in your home medicine making projects.

What type of tea infuser is best?

When it comes to tea infusers, you have many, many options. I find that tea infusers that are somewhat roomy and allow the loose flowers space to move around while steeping are best. The better exposure the flowers have to the water, the better the infusion. You’ll not only get a better flavor, but more of the nutritional and medicinal benefits.

Look for larger tea infusers, ones that you don’t have to pack the herbs into tightly.

Try something like this mesh tea strainer or go extra adorable with these fun and colorful tea strainers.

Is all lavender edible?

While no lavender is considered to be toxic or unsafe to consume, not all lavender is treated equally. The lavender that you’ll find at craft stores is typically heavily treated with chemicals and is not intended for cosmetic or food use.

For the most health benefit, be sure to use lavender that hasn’t been treated with chemical pesticides, fungicides, or fertilizers. Organically-grown lavender is always the best bet.

Does the species or type of lavender matter?

There are over 40 different varieties of lavender! And while all of them can be used for tea, you’ll find that Lavandula angustifolia, commonly called English lavender, is the most commonly used variety in both food and medicine. It’s also the most widely available variety.

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More DIY Herbal Teas You’ll Love

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More Amazing Lavender Recipes

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6 Easy DIY Herbal Tea Recipes with Lavender

Now, let’s get back to the pure relaxation in a cup. Here are 6 easy DIY recipes using lavender:

Pure Lavender Tea

While you rarely see just plain lavender tea, it can be an incredibly pleasant sipping experience. Plus, it’s a great way to really get to know the plant without the flavors of other herbs added.

Simple Chamomile & Lavender Tea

This simple and aromatic floral tea is a real sweet way to enjoy a quiet evening. Sweeten with honey if desired.

Simple Lavender & Mint Tea

Here’s another simple tea. Mint adds extra digestive support, plus it’s incredibly refreshing. On a hot day, pour this tea over ice after steeping. Sweeten with honey if desired.

  • 1 teaspoon Lavender Flowers
  • 2 teaspoons Mint Leaves, fresh or dried
  • 8 oz. hot water

That Peaceful Feeling Tea

This is one of my favorite tea blends. Not only is it delicious, but it truly does bring that peaceful feeling. This recipe makes enough for about 6 cups of tea.

To make this tea, use 2-3 teaspoons of the following blend per 8 fl. oz. hot water. Store your leftover tea blend in an air-tight glass jar in a dry location out of direct sunlight or excessive heat.

Lemon Vebena, Hibiscus, & Lavender Iced Tea

This tea is made by cold infusion. Add the following herbs to a quart-sized glass jar, fill with water, and then refrigerate for 12-24 hours. The longer you let the herbs infuse, the stronger the tea will be. Use a fine mesh strainer to stain. Sweeten with honey if desired.

  • 3 tablespoons Hibiscus
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Verbena
  • 2 tablespoons Lavender Flowers
  • 1 quart cold or room temperature Water

Anti-Anxiety Herbal Tea

This anti-anxiety herbal tea blend is luscious and lemony and full of all the herbs to help you cope with everyday stress and anxiety. This recipe makes enough for 6 cups of tea. You can learn more about all the herbs used in this blend in this post.

To make this tea, use 2-3 teaspoons of the following blend per 8 fl. oz. hot water. Store your leftover tea blend in an air-tight glass jar in a dry location out of direct sunlight or excessive heat.

bundle of fresh lavender flowers

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Lavender Tea
– 6 Different Lavender Tea Recipes –

Course: DrinkDifficulty: Easy
Prep time

10

minutes

Lavender is a pleasantly floral and wonderfully calming herb to add to your herbal tea repertoire. It’s rich in antioxidants and has many health benefits that range from helping to improve sleep quality and inflammatory conditions to supporting healthy digestion and more. All of these teas are enjoyable as either hot or cold. And if you enjoy a little sweetener in your tea, honey makes a nice complement to lavender.

Ingredients

  • Pure Lavender Tea (Makes 1 cup)
  • 2-3 teaspoons lavender flowers

  • Simple Lavender & Mint Tea (Makes 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon lavender flowers

  • 2 teaspoons mint leaves, dried

  • Simple Lavender & Chamomile Tea (Makes 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon lavender flowers

  • 1 teaspoon chamomile flowers

  • That Peaceful Feeling Tea (Makes ~6 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons chamomile flowers

  • 2 tablespoons rose petals

  • 1 tablespoon spearmint leaves

  • 1 tablespoon lavender flowers

  • Anti-Anxiety Tea (Makes ~6 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon balm

  • 2 tablespoons rose hips, cut and sifted

  • 1 tablespoon oatstraw

  • 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers

  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender flowers

  • Lemon Verbena & Lavender Hibiscus Tea *COLD INFUSION* (Makes 1 quart)
  • 3 tablespoons hibiscus

  • 2 tablespoons lemon verbena

  • 2 tablespoons lavender flowers

Directions

  • Per 1 cup (~8-10 oz.) Serving
  • Boil water. Use a tea kettle or small saucepan to bring water to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat.
  • Steep. Add the herbs to a tea strainer (or use a tea bag) and add to your favorite mug. Pour hot water in your cup and cover, allowing to steep for 8-10 minutes.
  • Strain & enjoy. After 8-10 minutes either remove the herbs by either straining or removing the tea bag/ball. Sweeten with honey or sweetener of choice if desired.

    ***For the recipes above that make more than 1 serving of tea, store leftover herbs in an air-tight glass jar out of direct sunlight and heat.
  • For a Cold Infusion (Lemon Verbena & Lavender Hibiscus Tea)
  • Add herbs to a clean, quart-sized glass jar.
  • Fill jar with cold or room temperature water. Cover and give the jar a shake.
  • Place the jar in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours, then strain and enjoy!

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