People generally don't think of lavender as something to be consumed. But many of the health benefits associated with the scent of lavender are also found when you ingest it. Lavender is becoming popular as an ingredient in recipes, such as lavender lemonade, cookies and tea bread. Although it is not yet considered mainstream, lavender tea is available from many different online companies.
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In any form, lavender is associated with relaxation and serenity. Drinking lavender tea can help ease the symptoms of stress, fatigue and headaches. It can also help soothe an upset stomach.
Lavender tea is made using the dried blossoms of the lavender plant, similar to loose tea. Or it can be mixed with black tea or other herbs such as mint.
Lavender tea can be consumed "straight," or you can add sugar, milk, or lemon to it to create a different taste.
Lavender tea turns water bright blue when steeped. Adding lemon will intensify the colour of the tea.
The soothing aroma of lavender can be enjoyed in many other forms, such as essential oils, soaps, bubble baths and candles. Eye masks and sachets can help create a spa experience at home.
Be sure to purchase food grade lavender to ensure its purity, rather than lavender that is marketed for sachets or potpourri. Lavender not intended for consumption may not be safe for drinking or cooking.