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Organic Lavender

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Lavender is a fragrant, calming herb said to aid with relaxation. It has a rich taste and a soothing scent and it goes great with a little Chamomile or Sideritis. Our Organic Lavender is grown on the mountains of Greece and is finely chopped, making it easy to add to tea, tinctures, or whatever else you desire.

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Description

  • Type: Loose Leaf Tea
  • Quantity: 30 grams
  • Origin: Greece
  • Organic: Yes
  • Brew Tips: Use 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup & steep for 3 to 5 minutes (adjust brewing time and quantity for stronger/weaker tea).

Lavender is a fragrant herb commonly used in everything from hair growth formulas to skin care products and supplements. This beautiful herb is said to help with a range of ailments—body and mind—and it’s those apparent health benefits that we will look at here.

Read More: Benefits of Lavender

Lavender Tea Health Benefits

Shelgo Tea Lavender

Just because we sell lavender tea doesn’t mean we’re going to try and convince you that it’s the healthiest tea you can drink. As always, we want only to discuss the claims, link to the research, and then let you make your own mind up.

Lavender can be inhaled or consumed. We added it to our Shelgo Tea Catnap mix because when the dried flowers are brewed in a tea you get the best of both worlds, inhaling the fragrance deeply as you sip the tea. The studies discussed below typically focus on one of these two methods of consumption—often in the form of a lavender extract, as this makes it easier to establish a consistent dose throughout the trial.

1. Can Help to Ease Symptoms of Anxiety

Lavender is not prescribed to treat anxiety or insomnia in the United Kingdom, but it is prescribed for this reason in Germany, and there is also a wealth of anecdotal and scientific evidence suggesting that it could help improve quality of sleep and reduce anxiety.

One study exposed dental patients to a lavender fragrance and noted a significant decrease in anxiety levels (1), suggesting it could be used in waiting rooms to ease the burden of extreme anxiety felt by as many as 1 in 4 patients (2).

Another study conducted several trials with an oral preparation of lavender and found significantly reduced anxiety levels, even reporting that it was “as effective as [a small dose of] Lorazepam” in the treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (3).

2. May Help Beat Insomnia

Lavender’s apparent ability to soothe anxiety is likely one of the main reasons it is so commonly used to treat insomnia. Very little evidence exists that suggests it has a direct impact on a healthy individual’s ability to fall asleep, but to someone who suffers from insomnia because of an inability to “shut down,” it’s reasonable to assume that lavender’s anti-anxiety properties could be beneficial.

There are also studies suggesting that lavender can promote a deeper, longer sleep, even in healthy individuals.

How to Make Lavender Tea

3. Kills Bacteria

As mentioned already, lavender has a long history of use as an antimicrobial, and science does back up this benefit. It is very effective at killing bacteria and fungi and preventing these from regrowing (4). It has even been studied as a potential replacement therapy for drug resistant infections (5) such is its reputation.

This is why lavender oil has become a popular ingredient in haircare and skin care products (and because some believe that it can stimulate hair growth) and why you can also find it in head lice preparations.

4. Can Alleviate the Symptoms of PMS

Lavender’s calming effect may go deeper than its ability to reduce anxiety and sleeplessness. According to one study, conducted in 2013, it could also alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms (6).

This study was conducted on a group of seventeen women experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. They were told to inhale either water or lavender, with the lavender group noting a significant reduction in premenstrual emotional symptoms.

Chopped Lavender Tea

5. May Help to Improve Cardiovascular Health

Lavender is an anti-inflammatory and it is also loaded with antioxidants, both of which mean that it could be used to improve overall cardiovascular health. Of course, the same could be said for many herbal teas (including sideritis tea) but there is some interesting research emerging concerning lavender’s direct ability to improve cardiovascular health.

A 2018 study concluded that it could be a “good candidate to reduce injury” after a heart attack (7) while others have pointed to its ability to lower blood pressure.

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Read More: Lavender as a Medicine

History of Lavender as a Medicine

Lavender use dates back over 2,000 years. The Egyptians are said to have been some of the earliest adopters, using the plant to craft cosmetics and oils, some of which were used in the embalming process.

The Greeks were the first to truly understand the health benefits of this herb, with physician Pedanius Dioscorides noting that it could relieve headaches, indigestion, and other digestive ailments when consumed.

The Romans were also big fans of this plant, believing it to have potent antiseptic and healing properties, and it continued to be used in this manner throughout the Middle Ages. In modern times, the aromatherapy movement has become the biggest proponent of this flowering herb. It can be found in an array of perfumes, soaps, oils, herbal supplements, drinks, and foods because of its unique fragrance and taste, as well as the apparent health benefits.

Side Effects of Lavender

Lavender is generally very well tolerated, especially when it is consumed in its natural state. Where essential oils are concerned, it can cause skin irritations, which is why it should always be used in small quantities or diluted prior to being applied.

Anyone allergic to plants in the mint family should not consume or use lavender products, and caution is also advised with anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medication, especially drugs designed to reduce blood pressure.

In such cases, it’s always best to consult your doctor first.

Our Lavender Tea

Lavender Tea for Anxiety

A lot of the lavender that makes it into supplements, sprays, and other consumer products is an essential oil or extract, both of which are produced by heavily processing the lavender buds. We only use pure, unadulterated lavender in our Catnap blend and in our herbal gift pack mixes, which means it’s safe to drink, it tastes great, and at no point do the buds touch solvents or alcohol.

Lavender tastes great on its own, but it’s even better when added to other herbal mixes. You can create a great tasting, healthy tea by combining lavender with synergistic herbs like camomile, lemon verbena (both of which are also used in Catnap), lemon balm, Greek mountain tea, and anything else that takes your fancy.

We have seen a few herbal mixes that use lavender alongside valerian, but while this can be a beneficial drink (there are a number of purported health benefits to consuming valerian), it’s far from a tasty one. Valerian’s taste has been likened to a cat’s litter tray—not something you want to sip on in the evening as you sink into a bubble bath.

Don’t be scared to experiment. Just make sure you use a good-quality lavender and don’t go overboard with the dosing (it can be bitter in large doses). You can find many high-quality and perfectly synergistic herbs—lavender included—in our Herbal Tea Gift Sets.

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Additional information

Weight30 g
Used For

Anxiety, Digestion, Insomnia