Lavender Tea Benefits – History, Health & How To Use It
Herbal tea was created and used throughout history to aid ailments of all sorts! From relieving digestion pains, chronic illness, rashes & burns and more, herbs, roots, seeds, fruits, and barks have been praised for their healing abilities.
Due to these incredible & unique attributes each herb holds, Komunity Kombucha and Fresh Steeps are teaming up to provide in depth biopsies of individual herbs, roots, seeds, fruits and more!
In this article, we will discuss the nettle leaf! We will dive deep into lavender tea benefits, history, & how to use it for yourself!
Lavender is said to have come originally from the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. While dates are not specific, it can be dated back to some 2500 years ago. Lavender is a flowering member of the mint family that is well-known for its lovely aroma and beautiful color.
In ancient Greece, lavender is referred to as nardus. This came from the name of a Syrian city known as Naarda or commonly called Nard. Lavender was considered holy and revered for its powers to cleanse. It is frequently mentioned in the Bible, specifically when preparing the Holy Essence or “spikenard” as mentioned in the “Song of Solomon”.
Later in the Roman Empire, lavender was used to scent baths and prepare perfumes for the royalty. Its color was also extracted to dye clothing. The name lavender originates from the Latin origin of “lavare” meaning “to wash”. From here, the Romans discovered lavenders medicinal properties.
Today lavender is a popular herb grown all over the world. It is still commonly used for its scent in perfumes, candles, soaps, moisturizers and more. On top of that, it has found its way into the hearts of those who look for holistic and natural medicines. Let’s explore how lavender behaves within us!
Lavender Health Benefits
Lavender has been identified & recognized by herbalists as a wonderful addition to their medicine cabinet. For years, lavender has been recognized to aid humans with anxiety, stress, hair loss, fungal infections & nausea. Let’s jump into the health benefits most common!
- Major Anti-Inflammatory: Stress and anxiety are major challenges for people. It can cause insomnia and overall discomfort and health issues. Many times these are caused by excess inflammation in the body. Lavender has compounds in it known as prostanoids, nitric oxide (NO), proinflammatory cytokines, and histamine that act together to create an anti-inflammatory response in the body (2). Thus, there is evidence it reduces stress and anxiety.
- Antiseptic Capabilities: Common fungal infections such as Athlete’s foot, Thrash, or ringworm, are dermatophytes or species of the Candida genome. Lavender, when presented to these dermatophyte cells actually disfigures and destroys the cell membrane (3). This causes the cells to die, thus eliminating the problem.
- Restores Patchy Hair Loss: Alopecia areata is a condition in which people lose their hair in some places or all of the body. This is due to an autoimmune response in the body. This can be triggered from extreme stress or family history, but there still is no one cause. Lavender when used will destress the body as described above as well as prevent the attack internally on the hair folicals.
- Ease Digestive Issues: Lavender is an anti-inflammatory. Digestive discomfort is often caused by eating something that causes an inflammatory response. Ingesting lavender post meals can help lower this response.
- Aid With Premenstrual Emotional Symptoms: On top of reducing the discomfort from cramping in women going through their premenstrual phase, it can help level off the mood alterations by providing a balance in hormones.
How To Use Lavender In Your Life
First, a note: Before attempting to cure yourself with any herb or medicine, please consult a licensed physician! Do the research for yourself too. You will always be your best advocate, we are here to simply provide information and help guide!
If you are inspired, you may be asking yourself, “How can I get these nettle leaf benefits for myself?!?” Good thing is there are many tried & true methods!
For topical use, try essential oil! True essential oils require distillation of the herbs. This requires specific equipment that people typically do not have access to. An easier and safer method is to either buy premade essential oil or make a tincture!
Make your own tincture! To make a tincture, you will need dried lavender buds, grain alcohol or cheap vodka, filters, and a jar. Lightly bruise the buds in a bowl. Add to a jar with the alcohol and shake. Steep for a week or so and you will have an infused tincture! Filter off to refine.
For ingestion, try infusing with tea (Fresh Steep’s clear favorite method)! Take 1 or 2 teaspoons per cup, steep for 8 to 12 minutes, and enjoy 3 times a day!
Try it in kombucha too! Kom Kom has an incredible “Mind Tonic” & “Soul Tonic” that incorporates this wonderful herb. Check out their site here!
Overall, lavender is an incredible plant that has been used for thousands of years. From perfumes to medicine, this diverse plant hosts many benefits. If you learned something from this post, comment one of your favorite lavender tea benefits & share with a friend! If you want to try some for yourself, check out Buddha Teas Lavender Tea here or Kom Kom’s Tonics!
1. Pursell, J. J. The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them. Timber Press, 2016.