How to Make Lavender Tea Properly, Hot and Cold

Lavender tea is an herbal drink made from dried lavender flower buds. See the proper way to brew this floral beverage, hot and cold.

How to make lavender tea

Lavender Tea

Lavender tea is made by steeping dried lavender flower buds in water.

The flowers and buds are purple in color, resulting in a slightly purple-hued drink.

It’s believed to have calming properties and may aid in sleep.

Lavender Tea Formula

It’s the same formula to make both hot and cold brewed lavender tea. 

1/2 teaspoon of lavender loose tea for every cup of water (8 fl. oz.).

What is Lavender?

Lavender is a flowering plant that is native to the Mediterranean and is part of the mint family.

The lavender color is named after the flowers.

The buds of the lavender flower are dried and made into lavender tea. There are over 40 species of lavender — the English and French species are the most commonly used to make lavender tea.

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lavender buds

What Does Lavender Tea Taste Like?

The taste is heavily floral with a slight minty note. It tastes light and fresh if made correctly.

A little lavender goes a long way. It’s easy to overdo it, resulting in an overpowering floral taste which you want to avoid.

I don’t like lavender tea on its own but it’s great when added with other ingredients like chamomile and Earl Grey.

Is There Caffeine in Lavender Tea?

There’s absolutely no caffeine in lavender tea. 

Is Lavender Tea a Real Tea?

Nope! Lavender tea is NOT a real tea. 

What is a real tea? Real tea is tea that comes from the camellia sinensis plant. Since lavender comes from the lavender plant, it’s not considered a real tea. Real tea contains caffeine. 

Lavender tea is tea in the loosest sense of the word — an infusion in water.

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What are the Health Benefits of Lavender Tea?

  • May help you sleep
    There is zinc (along with potassium and magnesium) in lavender which may help you sleep better and longer.
  • Can be used to fight fungal infections
    Lavender has been shown to have strong antifungal properties.
  • Reduces anxiety
    Lavender may give you a sense of calm and reduce anxiety.

There has not been extensive testing with lavender tea which means there isn’t strong evidence to back these health claims.


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For the best lavender tea, use loose, dried lavender. 

Lavender tea ingredients

What I Use to Make Lavender Tea

Dried lavender buds in teapot

How to Make Lavender Tea Properly

The most important thing to remember about making lavender tea is to not add too much lavender. It will just taste too strong and will not be pleasant to drink.

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Warming up teapot for tea

STEP 1: Warm up teapot.

Pour boiling hot water into a teapot halfway. Swirl it around a bit so the teapot can warm up. Discard the water.

I like to warm up the teapot so that when I add hot water to brew the tea, the water temperature doesn’t drop too much.

Hot lavender tea

STEP 2: Put lavender tea into teapot and add hot water (208°F).

Put in 1/2 teaspoon of loose lavender tea for every cup of water. 

Use hot boiling water. I set the water temperature to 208°F on my electric kettle.

Hot lavender tea

STEP 3: Steep for 5 minutes.

Herbal teas like lavender are a lot easier to brew than other types of teas. You can brew them for more than 5 minutes and they won’t get horribly bitter like black tea or green tea.

I like to stick to a 5 minute brew time for most herbal teas since it brews a nicely flavorful drink each time without being too weak or too strong.

With that said, if you prefer a stronger brew, add more steep time. I wouldn’t add more lavender since it makes the drink way too strong.

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Hot lavender tea

STEP 4: Strain lavender buds and pour hot tea into tea cup.

You’ve got yourself a nice cup of lavender tea! Sip away!

Iced lavender tea

How to Make Iced Lavender Tea Properly

To make the very best iced lavender tea, cold brew it! 

Cold brewing tea is the only way I make iced tea since it tastes so much better than any other method.

Water and lavender buds in teapot

STEP 1: Put lavender tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.

The same formula is used for hot and cold lavender tea: 1/2 teaspoon of lavender for every cup of water.

Use cold or room temperature water to make cold brewed tea. No need for hot water at all!

Cold brewed lavender tea

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

You can keep it in the refrigerator to cold steep for up to 24 hours.

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Pouring cold brewed lavender tea

STEP 3: Strain out lavender buds and pour tea into cup.

Since the tea is already chilled, ice is optional.

Lavender Tea Tips

  • Don’t add too much lavender buds to your tea since it’ll be too overpowering. I tried initially with a teaspoon of lavender and it was way too strong.
  • I don’t like to sweeten my lavender tea but if you would like, add simple sugar, which is dissolved sugar in equal part water.
  • Drinking just lavender tea is way too floral for my taste so I like to mix it with chamomile to make a nice nighttime drink that’s caffeine-free.

Recipes with Lavender

 

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Lavender Tea

Lavender Tea

Yield: Makes 1 serving

How to make the lavender tea properly, hot and cold.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender loose tea
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

    1. Warm up teapot.
      Pour some hot water into the teapot and cup and swirl it around a bit to warm up them up. Discard the water.
    2. Put lavender tea into teapot and add hot water.
    3. Steep for 5 minutes.
    4. Strain lavender buds and pour hot tea into tea cup.

Notes

To make cold brew iced lavender tea:

  1. Put lavender tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.
  2. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
  3. Strain out lavender buds and pour tea into cup. Ice is optional since the tea is already chilled.

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