DIY Lavender Tea: Using Fresh & Dried Lavender

How to make tea from freshly picked lavender and mint. You can also use dried ingredients – it doesn’t have to be fresh. This tea will help relieve stress, soothe the mind – and is the perfect night-time drink!

Since we started growing lavender out in our back garden, it’s just absolutely flourished! It’s now twice as big as when we planted it, with no sign of slowing down. So, now that we have lavender coming out our ears, I thought I’d use it some homemade products and recipes.

I’ve used it so far to make lavender oil, but recently I made some lavender tea, too, that was so soothing I just had to share the recipe with you!

I love having my lavender tea with some raw honey I got from the Blue Mountains (the lavender tea on its on can be quite strong, so the honey gives it a nice sweet taste)

Thanks to lavenders’ linalool and linalyl acetate components (which are present even when diffusing), it has beneficial and protective effects shown to help:

  • Soothe nerves (great for relieving anxiety)
  • Stabilise mood
  • Improve sleep
  • Detoxify the body
  • Work as an expectorant (helps loosen mucus so you can cough it up)
  • Balance blood sugar
  • Kill bacteria (it’s a natural antibacterial)
  • Relieve pain
  • Speed up wound healing (it’s a great anti-inflammatory)
I often pair my lavender tea with some fresh mint leaves, to give it a nice taste and add more beneficial properties to it that come along with the mint!

Uses for Lavender

Some wonderful uses for lavender oil include:

  • In a facial moisturiser – Lavender can help remedy skin issues like acne. A little goes a long way, a few drops is all you need.
  • Mixed in with the oil you use for oil cleansing.
  • As a general moisturiser for your body, as well as your face – Use as a massage oil, to soothe bug bitessunburns, eczema, stings, rashes, scars, as a natural perfume, to remove makeup and moreAvoid contact with sensitive areas around your eyes.
  • An ingredient in homemade body care products – Lavender oil can be used as a base ingredient for body buttercreambalm, salve, ointment, soap, and more!
  • As a hair serum to nourish hair, moisturise your scalp, and encourage hair growth.
  • Use in recipes that call for oil – Baking in the kitchen? Try swapping out all or part of the recommended oil with lavender oil.
  • An ingredient in homemade cleaning products – Incorporate a tablespoon or two of the lavender-infused oil into your homemade cleaning sprays.
  • Ear drops for bacterial or fungal infections – These homemade ear drops are super easy to make and work wonders against bacterial or fungal ear infections!
  • Diffuse oil before bed – Place a few drops of oil in an essential oil diffuser before bed to help calm you down before sleep.
  • Soothe sunburns or other burns – Lavender can help with wound healing. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a bottle of cool water and spray on burns to relieve pain.
  • Bath salts – These DIY bath bombs or bath salts make for the perfect relaxation experience after a long day and may help to relax and soothe sore muscles.
  • Homemade bug spray This homemade natural insect repellent works wonders to deter bugs like mosquitos, ticks and other biting insects.

While essential oils are natural, they’re also extremely potent, and so need to be respected. I personally do not ingest or take essential oils internally. There’s some evidence pointing towards long-term regular use of concentrated lavender possibly causing hormone imbalances in males.

Some uses for fresh and dried lavender include:

  • Relaxing herbal tea You can add chamomile, mint or other herbs that you like. Steep all in hot (not boiling water) for a few minutes and add honey or pure stevia to give it a sweeter flavour. The tea, once cooled, can also be used as a a scalp rinse to treat dandruff or as an after-sun spray. Full recipe below.
  • Lavender tincture A lavender tincture can promote relaxation and sleep.
  • Laundry or drawer freshener Pop dried flowers into small satchels and place them in drawers or in place of dryer sheets in the dryer.
  • Use in cooking There are so many different recipes you can find online and in cookbooks sharing how to incorporate lavender into delicious recipes.
I usually enjoy a lavender tea before bed, as a great way to calm and relax me down for the night, or when I feel slightly anxious or nervous, it helps to settle me down.

DIY Lavender Tea

Now, you don’t have to add mint leaves to this tea recipe, you can purely use fresh or dried lavender, however, you may find it to be quite strong. If this is the case, adding some mint and honey can help to dilute the strength of the tea, and make it more appealing. You can add chamomile, too, for an extra soothing effect.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 tbsp lavender, dried or fresh

Optional:

To make:

  1. Place water in saucepan and bring to boil, then turn off heat.
  2. Add lavender and mint into saucepan with boiled water, and let steep until tea has reached your desired strength; 15-20 minutes.
  3. Strain and stir in honey, then serve hot, OR let strained tea cool and serve over ice to make iced tea.
DIY lavender tea from fresh lavender

It’s recommended to avoid using dried or fresh lavender internally while pregnant, and, because of its relaxing properties, it is recommended to avoid use in conjunction with medication that also causes sleepiness or relaxation, as well.

People who have allergies, especially to pollen, should avoid lavender, as it may trigger an allergic reaction.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction to it.

Have you used lavender before? What did you use it for? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

Sources:

Wells, Katie. (Updated: May 22, 2020). How to Use Lavender (Grow It, Make Natural Remedies & More). Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/7041/lavender-uses/

J Henry. Lavender Mint Tea. All Recipes. Retrieved from https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/229352/lavender-mint-tea/

Lavender Tea Health Benefits, Side Effects, and How to Brew. (October 2, 2020). Sencha Tea Bar. Retrieved from https://senchateabar.com/blogs/blog/lavender-tea

Gotter, Ana. (Last reviewed: December 17, 2018). How to Improve the Health of Your Skin with Lavender Oil. Healthline. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/lavender-oil-for-skin

Krans, Brian. (Updated: December 19, 2016). How to Make Lavender Tea. Healthline. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sleep/how-to-make-lavender-tea