I love making my own iced tea at home, it always tastes so delicious!
The buds of the perennial lavender plant (Latin name: Lavandula angustifolia) are known to help digestion, rest, and relaxation. Ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks all recognized the therapeutic benefits of this aromatic flower and used lavender in perfumes, for healing, and even in sacred ceremonies. Lavender is still popular today in perfumery, aromatherapy, and healing ointments, and as a tea it makes an enjoyably floral, caffeine-free infusion. Here are tips on how to prepare, and how long to steep ("brew") a fragrant and effective cup of lavender tea.
- kettle (stainless steel or ceramic) (what you'll boil your water in)
- teapot or mug with a lid (what you'll steep your tea in, which is not your kettle)
- 1 tsp of dried lavender flowers (about 1 gram)
- infusion device (like a tea ball, heat seal tea bag, piece of cheesecloth and string, or steep loose and use a strainer after brewing)
- 8oz of filtered water and hot water from the tap
- Fill the tea pot or mug you'll be steeping in with hot tap water to warm the container.
- Fill your infusion device with the lavender. If steeping without a device (called "loose-leaf"), wait until step 4 to add your lavender.
- Heat 6-8oz of filtered water in your kettle on your stove to first boil (when the water just begins to form small bubbles). Remove from heat.
- Empty your tea pot or mug of the tap water and add the lavender to this container. Pour water from the kettle over the lavender, and cover. This helps to fully release the oils and tannins from the flower, enhancing the taste and medicinal components of your cup of tea.
- Steep (let sit) for about 5 minutes. In the future you can adjust the amount of lavender you use and steep time to taste, but steeping too long may result in a more bitter flavor.
- Uncover and remove your infusion device from your tea pot or mug. If you steeped loose-leaf, pour the steeped tea through a strainer into a 2nd mug.
Your tea is ready to enjoy. You may add milk, honey, or sweetener to taste, though doing so may alter the natural taste and medicinal benefits of your tea. I prefer this with nothing added.