I’m not really much of a gardener. I leave almost all the planting, weeding, pruning and watering to my man. But the one section I do love most in our garden is our lavender plot.
There is just something so therapeutic and soothing about the scent of lavender. Sometimes when I need a quick pick-me-up, I head out and pluck a couple of stalks, rub them in my palm and breathe in the scent.
Another lovely way I use my lavender is to make my own Lavender Tea
After harvesting the lavender, I wash the flowers in water and lay them out on a clean towel to dry (usually 2-3 days in good warm weather)
Once they are completely dried, I pick the flowers off the stems and strip the tiny blossoms off
Then I mix them together with some good quality black loose-leaf tea leaves – approximate 1:1 ratio. If you don’t want to add the black tea, you can also enjoy the lavender tea just plain as it is
To enjoy, simply scoop a couple of teaspoons into a tea ball or an infuser, pour in some hot water and let it steep for a minute or so.
The effect you get is a whiff of lavender with each sip – not too overpowering
These would also make lovely gifts sewn up in some small muslin bags in little tea sachets
Apart from lavender, you can also try this method with other herbs like mint or basil.
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