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Homemade Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea is a relaxing, mild, fragrant and super easy tea blend to make yourself. You don’t need to be a master herbalist, super crunchy, or even a tea aficionado to make and appreciate this super calming tea blend. 🙂
I don’t know about you, but the holidays can sure be stressful in my household. Christmas is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, but it can sure take it’s toll on us emotionally and physically. This homemade Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea is a super easy (and tasty) tea blend to help you relax and unwind. Of course, you don’t need to wait for the holiday’s to enjoy this tea!
Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea is so soothing, mild, and calming anytime you need to slow down a little and rest. This tea blend would be great for calming down rambunctious kiddo’s before bedtime. My husband even liked it!!! That is high praise indeed. 😉
As I had mentioned in my previous post There’s soy in TEA??? Your guide to soy free tea, I have been playing around with this blend for a little while. I used to buy Choice Organics Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea. I really like it at bedtime or when I just need to relax (calm down) a bit. 😉 Well, my local store quit carrying this flavor and I couldn’t find it in the other stores I frequently shop.
One day, it dawned on me that I had all the ingredients already at home!!!
Make your own Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea, duh!
Good grief, I’ve mixed up homemade tea before. I’m not sure why I was having such a mental block with this one. Maybe because I liked the blend from Choice Organics so well that I didn’t want to change???
Anyway, I have played around with this formulation quite a bit and it has definitely changed since the first cup! 😉
Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea benefits
So, lets chat for a minute about the ingredients in this Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea.
- Lavender-Lavender has so many uses and benefits such as: reducing stress, reducing inflammation, improving mood, promoting restful sleep, assisting with digestive issues, and can potentially reduce blood pressure. When I was growing up, my mom used little sachet’s of lavender buds or lavender bottles in our dresser drawers to keep bugs away and keep our clothes smelling nice. I still use them to this day. 🙂 Lavender has a lovely flavor and is super soothing in this tea blend.
- Mint-Mint has so many health benefits that we will only talk about a few of them. Mint has long been used for its ability to be calming to the digestive system, can help reduce nausea, help ease headaches, assist with treating asthma, sinus congestion, depression and fatigue. In general, mint is a very soothing and cooling herb. We are using peppermint and spearmint in this blend but feel free to use whatever mint you like or have available.
- Lemon balm-Lemon balm (aka Melissa Officinalis) is considered a gentle nervine. It can be especially helpful with easing anxiety, stress, nervous tension, improving sleep quality, and just overall calming. Lemon balm is also helpful with digestive issues-gently stimulating the liver, soothing cramping and is antiviral to boot. The flavor is very mild, lemony, and herbaceous (spelling bee word! 🙂 )
- Lemon peel-Lemon peel can be used to help with digestion and if you look on the internet you will see ton’s of different uses and potential benefits of lemon peel. I happen to adore lemons and love to use them in all sorts of things. The quantity of lemon peel in this tea would not likely have a ton of benefits health wise, BUT… it tastes great!
My goal, with this Lemon, Lavender, Mint tea, was to make something that was as convenient as the store bought version. Basically, no perishable ingredients. So I chose to add the dried lemon peel. If you don’t have dried lemon peel, feel free to substitute fresh or eliminate it all together.
Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea is a “Formula” not a recipe
When I first started formulating this tea blend, I checked out some other recipes online to get an idea of starting proportions. Most recipes called for a 1:3 blend of lavender to the other ingredients. For example, for one cup of tea, the recipe called for 1 tablespoon each of Lemon Balm and Mint to 1 teaspoon of lavender. I could barely taste the lavender or lemon at all. Frankly, I thought it was pretty bland and essentially just mint tea at that point.
So, of course, I tried and played around for a while to find out what “I like”. Notice I emphasized my preference. Everyone is different! Some people like earthy flavors, some floral, some a balance, whatever. Its all good. As they say, “you do you”. 🙂
My point being, this is a starting “formula” for you to tweak with as you see fit.
I really love lemon so I added dried lemon peel in addition to the lemon balm to try to bring some of the lemon flavor forward. Of course, you could always add lemon juice, a wedge of lemon, fresh lemon rind, etc if you wish.
Maybe you don’t like lemon so you want to just use lemon balm, or maybe you love lavender so much that you want to double up the lavender. This tea is all about what is relaxing and refreshing for YOU!
My Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea formula
To give you a starting point, here is my Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea formula.
- Lavender – 3 tablespoons
- Peppermint – 3 tablespoons
- Spearmint – 1 Tablespoon
- Lemon Balm – 3 Tablespoons
- Lemon Peel – 2 tablespoons
Mix all the herbs together in an airtight container, preferably glass. A small mason jar works well. Store out of direct heat and light. I keep mine in my coffee cabinet right next to all the tea/coffee cups.
To brew, add about one tablespoon of tea mix to your vessel of choice, add boiling water and allow to steep for about 5-7 minutes. Add honey to sweeten if desired and enjoy!
Optional Add in’s for Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea
We already talked about using fresh lemon in this tea. However, there are lots of ways you can change up this formula:
- Sweetener: Honey, organic cane sugar, maple syrup. Personally, I like to add about 3/4 teaspoon of honey to a big cup of this tea. Yum!
- Add other spices: Try adding some dried ginger into the tea blend itself. I also love to put a half cinnamon stick right into my cup. (Of course, I pretty much do this with any tea! I really like cinnamon! 😉 )
- Add other flowers: Chamomile or rose petals would both be nice additions to this blend.
- Add other herbs: Try changing up the herbs or adding in other nourishing herbs you are trying to get into your system. For example, nettles can be beneficial for allergies. If you have been trying to add other herbs into your diet, try adding them into your favorite tea blends.
Tea brewing tools
If you are new to brewing loose leaf tea, it can be overwhelming to look at all the different varieties of tea brewing apparatuses. You really don’t need anything fancy. Here are a few different options for brewing loose leaf tea:
- Tea ball: Tea balls can come in all shapes and sizes. If you have a tea ball, go ahead and use it. I have a couple of them. I have a really basic small metal ball version (see pic below) like this. However, I usually use one that is more of a squeeze clamp (pictured above) like this. I will admit, the basic tea ball does a better job of keeping the particles out of my tea cup, but I really like the ease of use of the squeeze clamp version.
- French press: Lots of people use a French press brewing for tea
- Strainer: You can brew your tea in a pot on the stove or even a coffee cup and just pour through a strainer when you are ready to drink. I use these little strainers all the time for all sorts of diy and culinary projects.
- Paper tea bags: These individual paper tea bags are great. You can even premake a bunch of tea bags with your homemade tea and take it with you on the go for easy use.
- Improvise: Pour your tea through some muslin, a few layers of cheese cloth, or even a coffee filter if you want.
Although I really like my little clamp tea ball because its SOOOOO easy to use and clean up, it does allow little bits of tea to get loose into my cup. I’ll let you in a little secret….. who cares?
Seriously though, let the tea particles sink to the bottom, then just don’t drink the very last little swallow at the bottom of the cup. No big deal! 🙂
Bottomline, you don’t need a bunch of fancy tools to brew up a nice calming cup of Lemon, Lavender, Mint tea.
What are you waiting for? Have a cup of tea! 😉
I hope you enjoy this Lemon, Lavender, Mint Tea as much as I am. Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you try this recipe, please snap a pic and share on Instagram #naturallyliz