Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a hardy and heavenly scented perennial. It has a beautiful color. It is revered in Provence (France) as a medicinal plant. It is also used for its scent in many body and bath products, as a tea, for home décor and accessories and so much more.
When made into a tea, lavender makes a great stress reliever.
Let’s take a look at the health benefits of lavender.
Aids with digestion: Lavender also helps with bloating, flatulence and upset stomach.
Relieves tension: A tea made of lavender flowers relieves tension caused by “nerves and stress. Lavender also reduces muscle spasms, increases relaxation and helps with menstrual cramps.
Sleep aid: In Provence, lavender tea is a traditional home remedy for insomnia. Inhaling lavender is used for insomnia and agitation.
Treats anxiety and depression: According to an article published in the Nature Medicine Journal, the oils from lavender were shown to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Stress relieving lavender mint tea:
Directions: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil
Add 2 tbsps of fresh or dried lavender petals
Add 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
Bring heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes
Strain out the lavender and mint and serve
This recipe makes 2 servings
Optional: Add 1 tbsp of raw honey or coconut nectar to sweeten
Make sure ingredients are organic
Enjoy this stress relieving lavender mint tea!
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REFERENCES: 1. “Lavender: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.
2. “Lavender.” University of Maryland Medical Center. University of Maryland Medical Center, n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2015.
3. “What Are the Health Benefits of Lavender?” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, Web. 16 Mar. 2015.
4. “Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Depression.” Natural Medicine Journal. Natural Medicine Journal, Feb. 2012. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.
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