Lavender is one of the medicinal herbs and is widely used in folk medicine, as it has a large number of beneficial properties. They are most clearly manifested when the plant is consumed inside, and it is possible to combine the useful with the tasty and pleasant if you add it to tea. In the early 17th and 18th centuries, the British began to actively experiment with the addition of herbs to this drink, and the recipe for the drink was one of the most common both among the common people and in court. He was the favorite drink of Queen Elizabeth I and her faithful assistant to relieve migraines – far from the only problem he can get rid of.
Properties and uses of lavender
Carminative and analgesic effect make it an excellent companion to improve the digestive tract, fight headaches, muscle spasms.
The calming and relaxing effect of lavender in tea will be felt by people suffering from increased nervous arousal, neurosis, depression, sleep disorders.
The anti-inflammatory and immunostimulatory properties of lavender make tea an effective adjuvant in the treatment of colds and viral diseases.
Lavender is good for people with stressful lifestyles and frequent sleep disorders
The benefits and harms, there are few contraindications to drinking the drink, but they still exist:
- Hypotension, because grass can lower blood pressure;
- On gastritis;
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding, children under 3 years.
Instruction for collecting herbs
It is necessary to follow certain instructions: you should collect the petals just before the end of the flowering period, ie. during the second half of August. The stem contains essential oil, so cut and dry the flowers together with it. Drying for 10 to 14 days is mandatory to avoid loss of the aromatic properties of the plant.
It should be dried in a well-ventilated, clean and dry place, divide it into small bouquets and hang it with flowers.
The dried grass must also be folded in a linen bag in the form of bouquets; individual crumbling flowers can be stored in a paper bag.
Lavender to recipe
It was this recipe that was used to prepare the drink by most of the European population until the 18th century, when the tea itself, mainly imported from the East, was too expensive.
For medicinal purposes, tea is taken in 1/3 cup 3 times a day in warm form
Brewing a classic is quite simple: 1-2 tablespoons of dried flowers are poured into 200 ml of water. It should be insisted for at least 15 minutes.
Perhaps the best combination of taste and aroma. Flowers can be mixed in advance in a ratio of 1: 1 with some dry black tea, or you can add some flowers to the tea that has already been brewed in the usual way.
You can drink a drink at any time at a rate of 200-400 ml per day
The advantage of this combination is that when added to black, it absolutely does not lose strength in its medicinal properties.
The preparation method and proportions are the same as in the recipe for lavender black tea. The combination of the plant with green tea, such as gunpowder, not only retains the healing properties but enhances them, especially the diuretic and antioxidant effects, which special attention should be paid to hypotensive patients and refrain from drinking the drink.
“Pharaoh’s drink” spread throughout the world for a long time and in many countries began to be considered a separate tea, although it would be correct to call it a decoction. Hibiscus can be drunk clean, but it gives the most original taste in combination with black tea and lavender.
Drinking the drink is not worth more than 200-300 ml per day due to the mild laxative effect of hibiscus
First, 0.5 teaspoon of hibiscus must be mixed with 1 teaspoon of black tea and pour 200 ml of boiling water over them. Let it brew for 15 minutes and then strain into a teapot where dry lavender sprigs must first be placed. Close the kettle and add the drink for another day.
Fruit drink options
With lavender and peach. Peach is one of the most common fruits for tea, as the resulting drink can easily quench your thirst. For the same reason, the drink is served with the addition of peach cold. Lavender not only gives a spicy taste but also makes it healthy. Place chopped peaches (3 pcs.) On the bottom of the jug, pour 1 liter of strained lavender tea brewed according to the classic recipe. Cool the mixture to room temperature. Add another 1 liter of water to the mixture and then cool. Serve over ice.
With the addition of lavender and lemon. The tradition of drinking with lemon is considered to be Belarusian. Post office workers began adding pieces of citrus in black, where they offered the drink to travelers who were tired and turned on bumpy roads, as it is acidic that helps with nausea. You can also make tea with apple and cinnamon.
Lavender also copes well with such problems, so tea brewed in the right proportions with the addition of this plant and lemon will be an excellent companion on a long journey.
To 200 ml of brewed black tea, add 0.5 teaspoon of lavender flowers and a slice of lemon. You can drink the drink both hot and cold.
Heals herbs with lavender
With chamomile and lavender. People learned about the healing properties of lavender much earlier than about chamomile, as it was introduced to Europe only in the late 19th century. First of all, doctors have adopted the powerful calming and anti-inflammatory effect of the flower. A decoction of chamomile was added to the classic lavender portion in cases where it was required to relieve severe nerve tension.
1 teaspoon of lavender and the same amount of chamomile is poured into 250 ml of water and infused for 10-15 minutes, after which the medicinal drink is ready to use.
This tea is recommended to drink only at night.
When used in the morning, due to its strong sedative effect, a deterioration in performance can be observed. In addition to chamomile, ginger can also be added to tea.
With lavender and spices
Tea with fennel and lavender. These plants are compatriots – both are considered the homeland of the Mediterranean. The recipe for tea with lavender and fennel is rooted in the past, but now you can not call it popular. But the beneficial properties and original taste of the drink are worth taking into account.
0.5 teaspoon of phytol lavender with the same amount of roasted fennel seeds is poured into 600 ml of water and infused for 10 minutes.
Drinking this tea in moderation (200-300 ml during the day) is one of the safest and most effective ways to lose weight, because together lavender and fennel speed up the metabolism and remove excess fluid from the body faster than separately.
Thus, the use of lavender in tea is not only useful as much as possible but also quite good due to the variety of tea recipes.
This means that it may be of interest to both established conservatives in their preferences, who recognize strictly defined drinks and gourmets who love to add spiciness to their usual taste, to add it to tea.