Lavender Sage Thyme Tea:
Lynn Quire’s Favorite Tea with Lavender and Other Things in Your Pantry
Like maybe some of you, I grew up knowing that chamomile, cinnamon, orange and mint were all teas that people enjoyed. You could get them in your grocery store and they were pretty good especially sweetened. What I was not aware of was that there were other things in your pantry you could make teas with. Of course, lavender is not something we generally keep in our pantry, but like we learned last week, it is great for the digestion system and for soothing the nervous system. We usually think of it in lotions, soaps, and candles, but it something worth having on hand.
This past summer, I became obsessed with a new tea blend. It may have even truly begun my path to become an Herbalist. What I love about this tea is it is not extremely flowery, even with lavender as an ingredient. The tea is very good to drink year-round. I love it hot and cold. It is a tea that can help keep your gut healthy. I am including both the fresh from the garden quantities and the dried quantities you will need. I would love to hear your thoughts if you try it.
Lynn’s Favorite Tea – Makes one cup, easily doubled or tripled for larger batches
2-3 whole sage leaves
2 sprigs of thyme
1 sprig of oregano
2-3 whole lavender flowers
½ teaspoon crushed sage leaves
½ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon oregano
¼ – ½ teaspoon lavender buds
Boil 8-12 ounces of water. The less water the stronger the tea. Using a reusable tea bag or another type of tea strainer, place your herbs in the strainer and then in the cup. Add your boiling water over the herbs. When I use the fresh herbs I add them directly to the cup and sometimes the pot of boiling water. Since they are larger pieces they can just be either avoided when drank or pulled out prior to drinking. It is best to cover your cup so all the volatile oils can stay in the tea. Steep the tea anywhere from 5 -15 minus. The longer you leave the herbs in the water, the more good stuff that is pulled from the herbs. Once steeped, you could add honey or another sweetener of your choice.
If you don’t have or like lavender, I still recommend trying this tea without it. It is way better than I would have thought. Even a little mint would be great in it. All four of these plants can be grown together in a container on your porch or wherever you have a sunny spot. Check back next week when I talk about growing lavender.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) helps soothe digestion, sore throats and is has antiseptic qualities.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Great for the respiratory tract.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) helps with gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts.
Lavender (Lavandula angustrifolia syn. L officinalis) or (Lavdenula spp.) Antimicrobial, antispasmodic, calming.
Disclosure: I am not a doctor and all information found here is for educational purposes only. All bodies are different and these suggestions may not work for all. It is up to you to work with your healthcare professional to find the right options for you.
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