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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 concoctions featuring lavender have been used all over the world to relieve congested sinuses, headaches, insomnia and even infections.
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 lavender herbal tea before bed to get rid of some of the day’s stress and enjoy a good night’s sleep. Generally, 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. Consuming the tea iced generally overrides this effect.
- Enchanting lavender perfectly complements the floral aromas and citrus notes of Earl Grey Black Tea
- Ingredients: Organic black tea, organic lavender flowers, essential bergamot oil, natural lavender oil extract
- Steep 1 tbsp tea in 8oz hot water for 4 minutes (or to taste) and then enjoy
- USDA Organic