Lavender tea: flavor highlights
A lavender tea makes for a sophisticated, delicate and soothing brew. From all-herbal mixes of fragrant lavender blossoms, spices, orange peel and other citrus ingredients, to rich black teas rendered aromatic with lavender essential oils, to delicate green teas and oolongs featuring lavender accents, there are endless ways to sample some lavender laced goodness. The very scent of lavender has a calming effect on the senses. Its innate relaxing properties make it an effective (and delicious) natural remedy for headaches, nerves and sleeplessness.
A little history
The unmistakable fragrance of lavender, together with its natural ability to soothe the senses, was recognized very early in history. The ancient Egyptians used it in embalming agents and perfumes. Greco-Roman history also records the use of lavender blossoms for their antiseptic, stress-relieving and sleep inducing properties. Aromatic herbal teas featuring lavender, peppermint and chamomile have been used all over the world to relieve congested sinuses, headaches, insomnia and even infections.
Does lavender tea make you sleepy?
The reason why lavender makes such a popular stress relief tea can be traced to its aroma. Ancient Greeks and Romans were known to take lavender baths just to treat themselves to the calming fragrance of lavender. Drinking lavender tea is a great way to add a similar lavender inhalation to your daily routine. Regular consumption of lavender tea has been associated with reduced fatigue and improved sleep quality. Lavender oil has also been found to help with anxiety and stress related disorders. Though we’ll need more evidence to support these findings, one thing’s for certain – the relaxing aroma of lavender is more than enough to help you unwind and put the day’s stresses to rest!
Tasting notes and reviews
Loose leaf lavender herbal teas are “light and delicate”, with a “wondrous aroma”, “smooth and gentle taste” and “lingering mouthfeel”. The flavor tends to “get stronger with every steep”. The aroma of lavender is evident even when a certain herbal tea features multiple floral and citrus ingredients. Lavender flavored black teas and Earl Greys tend to be “full-bodied and sweet”, and “incredibly refreshing”, capturing the feel of “walking through a garden in the sunshine”. Lavender flavored green teas and oolongs have “clean, fresh and floral” flavors that are “significant but not strong”.
Try a cup of honey lavender herbal tea before bed to get rid of some of the day’s stress and enjoy a good night’s sleep. Many other additives such as orange peel, bergamot and rose work well with lavender. Lavender flavored Earl Grey teas are popular for the same reason. Lavender tea tends to create a stronger, sweeter flavor with every steep. If yours has a green tea base, the brew can get a little bitter. Added honey generally overrides this effect.