But we need not be sick to enjoy the herbal pleasures of tea. And furthermore, enjoying tea regularly can even support prevention of illness! I try to enjoy a cup a day.
Recently, I began having a deeper wonder for the role of individual herbs in these tea blends I was buying, so I bought a book. The goal, to learn about and try a new herb a week (our Whole Foods has a marvelous bulk herb section) and as I become more confident in my knowledge of individual herbs, I will start to make my own blends.
Last night, I had the joy of drinking Lavender Tea! It was delicious! Even Todd enjoyed it. And it was simple to make. I steeped about 1 Tablespoon of dried Lavender flowers in about 12 oz of hot water for about 5 minutes. (For loose leaf teas, you'll need a wire mesh strainer to strain your tea, or use one of those mesh tea strainer balls).
I chose lavender because of how familiar an herb it is, but how little I actually knew of it's specific benefits!
Use Lavender Tea for:
- Anxiety, Tension, Headaches, Nerves on Edge -Lavender is calming. *
- Infectious Diseases and Fevers -Lavender is said to reduce fevers, detoxify the body and induces sweating (I didn't notice any sweating last night, but maybe I just didn't drink enough?) to eliminate toxins. It's a potent antiseptic and historically was used to treat diphtheria, typhoid, streptococcus and pneumonia.*
- Mouth and Throat -You can gargle this tea as well as drink it. Nice for sore throats and laryngitis. *
- Vomiting and Diarrhea -A nice tea for a travel kit. Try it when you have stomach flu. *
- A Facial Treatment (Steam) -This just sounds lovely.
- Lice -Lavender tea can be used as a scalp wash to kill lice. *
- Wounds -Lavender tea is an antiseptic water that can be used as a cleansing rinse for wounds. *