Lavender is an amazing gift from nature to people. Everything is perfect in it: shape, color, taste and aroma.
The ability to treat diseases of the nervous system is added to all the qualities of the flower.
In moments of irritation or fatigue, simply sip lavender tea, the beneficial properties of which will gently calm your nerves and help you relax.
- Description of the plant, what substances it contains
- Useful properties of lavender tea, what it tastes like
- When is it recommended
- Recipe for chamomile and lavender tea, what is it taken for?
- Ivan tea with lavender
- Collecting and storing lavender for tea
- How to dry lavender
- Can lavender be eaten
- Contraindications for admission
Description of the plant, what substances it contains
Lavender is an evergreen spikelet-like plant. The upper part of the stem is covered with elongated small flowers of bright shades of blue or lilac. There are also white and pink varieties in nature.
The flowers of the plant are used to produce lavender oil, the organic components of which are used for various purposes:
- valeric acid - in folk medicine and pharmacology as a sedative;
- cineole - antiseptic and fight against phlegm;
- bornenol, geraniol - in perfumery to add a rose aroma;
- tannin - medicines for hemorrhoids and poisoning;
- ursolic acid - normalization of sugar and cholesterol content;
- citral - indicated for hypertension and inflammatory processes.
Lavender is a storehouse of various natural flavors.
From the flowers of the plant, one can distinguish: lavandulol, amyl alcohol, coumarin substance. The latter is used to flavor perfumes, baked goods and pipe tobacco.
For more information about lavender and its beneficial properties, see the video:
Useful properties of lavender tea, what it tastes like
It is difficult to describe the taste of spring, and this is exactly the taste of lavender tea. A bit of freshness enveloping the soft body of the main taste, a hint of strong astringency, a piquant bitterness, and all this is covered with a veil of sweet aroma that leaves the same sweet aftertaste.
Gourmets advise combining dry lavender with classic black teas. In this combination, the taste and aroma of the plant is revealed most vividly.
In parallel with aesthetic pleasure, the flower has a beneficial effect on the soul and health of a person. In this case, the soul should be understood as the peace of mind and peace that comes after drinking a cup of fragrant tea.
More prosaic yet very beneficial properties of lavender herbal tea:
- normalization of blood circulation;
- relieving migraine symptoms;
- anthelmintic action;
- anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties;
- eliminates flatulence and soothes stomach pains;
- relieves unpleasant symptoms of menopause.
External treatment with lavender infusion of a wound or abrasion disinfects and starts the process of skin regeneration.
When is it recommended
Queen Elizabeth I of England suffered from severe migraines. Her only salvation was lavender tea. Flowers stood in the queen's chambers, they perfumed her clothes and bedding.
Today, lavender continues to be used as an antispasmodic, antidepressant, and sleep-normalizing drug.
Conditions in which the use of tea is indicated:
- anxiety, chronic stress, depression;
- neurological headaches, migraines;
- nervous tic;
- insomnia and restless sleep;
- high blood pressure;
- decreased immunity;
- colds with high body temperature and muscle pain;
- alignment of hormonal levels in adolescents.
You can drink aromatic tea daily, in some cases it is even useful to repeat lavender tea twice a day.
The exception is cases of puberty, in which the amount of tea, in order to avoid hormonal disorders, should be normalized.
Let's watch a video about the use of lavender, about the beneficial properties of lavender tea:
Recipe for chamomile and lavender tea, what is it taken for?
Chamomile is a soothing and anti-inflammatory agent in its own right. The combination of flowers of the two plants enhances the sedative effect.
An equal number of parts of medicinal flowers is optimal for tea: a teaspoon of lavender and chamomile flowers are poured into a glass of boiling water and infused for 10 minutes.
A cup of this tea before bed will ensure you fall asleep quickly, restful sleep and a healthy good morning.
With anxiety, depression and nervous stress, this tea can be drunk during the day.
Ivan tea with lavender
The collection of such a composition has a powerful sedative effect. A tea made from equal parts of these plants has a mild but long-lasting soothing effect. You need to drink this drink slowly, in small sips.
By the end of the cup, the pressure will normalize, the heartbeat and pulse will even out, and the mood will improve.
In order to prepare a healing drink, you need to pour 2 teaspoons of the dry vegetable mixture with a glass of boiling water and leave to infuse for 20 minutes. The tea turns out to be aromatic, rich and very pleasant to the taste.
Collecting and storing lavender for tea
Dried twigs of the plant are used to make tea. There are some rules for the collection, drying and storage of raw materials, the observance of which guarantees the maximum preservation of vitamins and valuable essential oils in the flower.
- At the end of June in Central Russia, half of the flowers bloom, and the second half is still closed. In other climatic zones, the middle of the flowering period occurs earlier. It is this half-bloom time that is optimal for harvesting.
- You need to cut off the green part of the stem, leaving the woody base intact.
- In order for the plant to retain the maximum concentration of oils at the time of collection, it is necessary to collect the branches at the moment when the dew is still holding on to the flowers and stem.
How to dry
The stems cut with a pruner or a sharp knife are sorted out, removing the damaged parts. Further, the plants are collected in bundles of such a diameter that fits in the palm of your hand.
The bundles are tied with threads or thin strings, hung with a cut up in a ventilated and dark dry room.
You can also dry the twigs by spreading them out on a wire mesh outdoors. It should be borne in mind that direct sunlight will fade the color of the inflorescences.
The burnt-out dried stems do not look so bright, but they have all the useful qualities of the plant.
Can lavender be eaten
The spicy taste has made it one of the favorite condiments of French chefs. The dried herb, ground into powder, is added to various types of meat dishes, pastry baked goods, and bread. Can be sprinkled with lavender spice and ready meals.
Flower stalks are added for flavor in the process of smoking sausages, fish and meat.
Fresh stems are added to salads, sauces, marinades and soups.
Candied flowers are used to decorate pastries. From them you can make jam, make mousses, jellies and jam.
Flowers should be used as a flavoring agent to add flavor to the sugar. To do this, it is enough to close a sprig of lavender in a sugar bowl for a week.
Contraindications for admission
The strong aroma and spicy components of the plant can cause allergies and other types of individual intolerance.
Rejection by the body may be accompanied by a rash, chills, vomiting, and headache.
In addition, the reasons for refusing lavender tea are:
- pregnancy, infant and child age;
- lactation period;
- liver pathology;
- low blood pressure;
- increased acidity of gastric juice.
With a positive reaction of the body to the components contained in the plant, you need to adhere to a reasonable consumption rate.
Drinking lavender tea daily is healthy, but no more than one or two cups.