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Pavel said

Lavender Tea

Hello everybody,

I recently moved in a new home. What i discovered in the back yard was few nice bushes of lavender. Today I thought about using the flowers from the plant to make some tea.
I could rally use some guidance for how to prepare a nice cup of lavender tea. Is there a special time of the year when flowers should be picked and how to store them properly? Any advice would help a lot.
Thanks a lot!

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Are you sure the bushes haven’t been sprayed with chemicals?

Pavel said

Excellent point! I am not completely sure that the bushes have never been sprayed with chemicals. However, because no one has been living in the apartment for the past year I reckon no chemicals have been used at least for the past year.

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Good point, Butiki. But if they haven’t been sprayed, I would recommend blending the lavender with a plain tea – plain meaning unflavored. When I visit my grandmother in upstate New York, particularly in the spring and summer, we make a lovely cup of lavender tea, mixing it with plain green tea. The aroma is so soothing and delicious. We use two or three sprigs per pot – brewing up about three cups worth. We’ve tried it with black tea as well, but the black flavor was stronger, so more lavender had to be used.
Anyhoo, hope this helps. You could always make sachets instead! ;)
Enjoy!

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snootle said

I bought some lavender in a tea shop a few years ago. For me it was too much lavender, never got to try it mixed with another tea like black tea for example

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I found mixing it with mint is pretty tasty as well.

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seule771 said

I am no herbalist please keep this in mind. That being said:
Best time to pick lavender is (April 15 to May 13) as this is the Celtic month for the Willow Moon. Picking lavender during the full Moon enhances its magical powers.

This website will guide you if truly of interest:
http://www.essentialherbal.com

Their book title Blending Herbal Teas cost $4.95 a great tool to have for blending of teas.

Happy tea haunts; fortunate to be in new house. I am loosing mine, I reap not.

Pavel said

Great help. Thank you. Sorry to hear about your home.

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I love to blend my lavender with chamomile makes a wonderful evening tea sometimes with a sprig of mint.

Pavel said

Great! I thought lavender would go great with other herbal teas. Although I also have a strong urge to try it with green tea too.

I agree, chamomile and lavender are a wonderful combination.

My friend dries all kinds of flowers and herbs. She just hangs them upside down in small bunches to dry .

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chaijeeyah said

I’m a huge fan of lavender tea!

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Lavender, chamomile and bai mudan is delicious and very calming.

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