Lavender Tea: What It is, Steps to Make It Properly, & Benefits

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Lavender tea is a herbal drink made from dried lavender flower buds. Get step-by-step directions, from a certified Tea Sommelier, on the proper way to brew this floral beverage, hot and cold.

Pouring hot lavender tea in a glass mug.

What is Lavender Tea?

  • Lavender tea is an herbal tea (also known as a tisane) made by steeping dried lavender flower buds in water. It’s a caffeine-free drink.
  • There are over 40 species of lavender — the English and French species are the most commonly used to make lavender tea.
  • The flowers and buds of lavender are purple, resulting in a slightly purple-hued drink.
  • Always use food-grade lavender to make sure they weren’t treated with pesticides.

Learn how to brew more herbal teas like rose, chamomile, rooibos, barley, and hibiscus properly.

Lavender Benefits

Ingredient Notes

Lavender tea ingredients, labeled.
  • Lavender tea
    Loose lavender tea is higher in quality than tea bags so go for loose whenever possible.
  • Water
    Better water makes for better tea so always use filtered water for making tea.

Steps to Make Hot Lavender Tea

Four photo collage showing steps on how to make lavender tea.

For complete brewing guide, full ingredients, and instructions, scroll to the bottom.

  1. Boil water.
    Using an electric kettle with temperature settings to boil water for tea makes it easy to get the water temperature just right. Boil more than needed since you want extra to warm up the teapot.
  2. Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around a bit. Discard the water.
  3. Put lavender tea into the teapot and add hot water. Cover teapot and steep.
  4. Strain lavender buds and pour hot tea into a teacup.
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Steps to Make Iced Lavender Tea

Cold brewing tea is the best way to make iced tea since it tastes so much better than any other method. And it’s the easiest.

  1. Put lavender tea and water in a pitcher or glass container. Cover and place in refrigerator to cold brew.
    Use cool or room temperature filtered water.
  2. Strain lavender buds and pour tea into a cup.
    Cold brewed tea is already chilled so adding ice is optional.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip: The most important thing to remember about making lavender tea is to resist adding too much lavender buds. The taste will be too strong and won’t be pleasant to drink.

Expert Tips

  • Both hot and iced lavender tea can be had without sugar or milk but if you want to sweeten, use simple syrup which will easily dissolve into the drink. Use my quick simple syrup or lavender simple syrup recipes if you want homemade.
  • Mix and match! Add lavender tea to Earl Grey or chamomile to make your own tea blend.
  • Herbal teas like lavender are a lot easier to brew than other types of teas since it doesn’t get overly bitter if brewed for longer than 5 minutes.
  • Lavender tea can be brewed and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep it covered or airtight glass container or pitcher.
  • Loose lavender tea and tea sachets should be stored in an airtight container away from light, odors, humidity, and heat.

Questions You May Have

What does lavender tea taste like?

The taste is heavily floral with a slight minty note. It tastes light and fresh unless you put in too much lavender buds.

Is there caffeine in lavender tea?

There’s absolutely no caffeine in lavender tea. It’s a great nighttime drink since it won’t keep you up.

Is lavender tea a real tea?

Lavender tea is NOT a real tea. Real tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant and since lavender comes from the lavender plant, it’s not considered a real tea. Real tea contains caffeine. 

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Lavender Tea

Author: Jee Choe
How to make lavender tea properly, hot and cold.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F. Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot. Filtered water is best.
  • Warm up teapot.
    Pour hot water into a teapot, halfway, and swirl it around a bit. Discard the water.
    Warming up the teapot is an extra step that all tea professionals take the time to do, so that when the tea steeps, the water temperature won't drop drastically.
  • Put lavender tea into the teapot and add hot water. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain lavender buds and pour hot tea into a teacup.

NOTES

How to Make Cold Brew Lavender Iced Tea

  1. Put dried lavender buds and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
    Stir to make sure lavender buds get dampened by the water and isn’t sitting dry on top of the water surface. Use filtered water for a better tasting iced tea. 
  2. Strain lavender buds and pour tea into a cup.
    Ice is optional since the tea is already cold.

Brewing Guide

Hot Lavender Tea
  • TEA: ½ teaspoon lavender tea
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
  • WATER TEMPERATURE: 208°F
  • STEEP TIME: 5 minutes
Cold Brew Lavender Iced Tea
  • TEA: ½ teaspoon lavender tea
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
  • WATER TEMPERATURE: Cold water
  • STEEP TIME: 6-12 hours in the refrigerator

Tips

  • Use loose tea instead of tea bags for a better quality cup of tea.
  • For a stronger cup of lavender tea, add a couple of more minutes to your steep time or add 1/8 teaspoon more of loose tea. A little bit of lavender goes a long way.
  • Use a glass teapot to make herbal tea so you can see the pretty herbals in water.
  • If you want to sweeten, use simple syrup which will easily dissolve into the drink. Use my quick simple syrup or lavender simple syrup recipes if you want homemade.
  • Mix and match! Add lavender tea to Earl Grey or chamomile to make your own tea blend.
  • Herbal teas like lavender are a lot easier to brew than other types of teas since it doesn’t get overly bitter if brewed for longer than 5 minutes.
  • Lavender tea can be brewed and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep it covered or airtight glass container or pitcher.
  • Loose lavender tea and tea sachets should be stored in an airtight container away from light, odors, humidity, and heat.

NUTRITION

Calories: 1 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Lavender Tea: What It is, Steps to Make It Properly, & Benefits”

  1. Thanks for the recipe! Do you have any advice how to make lavender tea taste less soapy? What tea does pair well with lavender?

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