Lavender (Lavandula) Tea

The lavender, also called Lavandula tea is a very fragrant and aromatic tea, made with lavender flowers. It is usually mixed with green, black or other herbal teas. As the tea is prepared by adding the boiling water to the flowers a nice fragrance can be perceived in the whole room; it is one of the most fragrant teas. One or two teaspoons per cup of boiling water are sufficient to prepare a tea.

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The dried fragrant lavender flowers have the characteristic pink-violet color, which is also called lavender color

When used alone as lavender tea it is slightly bitter, for this reason usually honey and lemon is added. When lemon (or other acid fruit juice) is added the color changes from pale yellow to pink as is illustrated below. This tea can be enjoyed hot or cold. It is a great summer tea! The pictures below are from a tea package I bought in Taiwan, where the use is very common.

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Brewed lavender flowers. The tea color is pale yellow.

The common lavender species  is called Lavandula angustifolia, also called English lavender. Most probably the name lavender comes from the Latin  lavāre, of  lavō, to wash. In the old days the lavender flowers infusions were added to the water to wash the clothes to give a scent. The word lavender and its variations is used in many languages (e.g. French: lavande; German: lavandel; Spanish: lavanda). In Portuguese lavender is called alfazema, a word with Arabian origin.

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Typical lavender teacup made with 2 teaspoons of tea, lemon and honey added.

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Brewed lavender tea. The neat tea with pale yellow color is on the left. The same tea with lemon juice is on the right. There is a nice color change with the addition of lemon.

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6 thoughts on “Lavender (Lavandula) Tea

  1. i wonder whether it can be used as a room freshener. u mentioned that the scent fills the room when hot water is poured over the flowers. i shall try it with fresh flowers and see if it does.

    • Yes, they can be used as room freshener. You can just make a small bunch of fresh or dried flowers and hang. Or chop the bunches and put in a permeable nylon bag. Dry lavendula is also commercially available i sachets; some are all natural and some have an artificial scent.

  2. thanks so much for the tip about bunching the fresh flowers and just hang them up. better than my original idea of pouring hot water on them. there are so many lavender flowers in bloom in summer even here in the centre of london. can i use the dried flowers later to make tea with them or do they need special processing to make them suitable for tea, i wonder. though if i make tea out of them, i think i would like them for the fragrance more than the taste.

    • You are right on bunching the flowers and hanging to dry. It is better to dry he flowers on the shade in a dry place and dry them completely. For making the tea just take the flowers out of the bunches (a small green portion, called bract, will also come out). My pictures show clearly the flower and the bract.
      The dry flowers are so unique in fragrance.
      Have to agree with you that fragrance is better than taste; it is not a quick enjoyable tea. It is worth to try as a tea.

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