Lavender | An Enchanting Herb with Calming Properties
Lavender, scientifically known as Lavandula, is a flowering herb native to the Mediterranean and Middle East. Known for its enchanting aroma, this flower is used in candles, soaps, beauty products, household products, and as a culinary ingredient. Lavender’s signature purple color has also been recognized as one of the most beautiful colors in the world. It has been featured in paintings and art of all kinds, including Van Gogh’s iconic Lavender Fields with Rising Sun. In some cultures, this plant was even seen as a holy herb. With 47 different species of lavender, French Lavender and English Lavender are among the most popular.
The plant’s crisp, floral sweetness has made it popular in many desserts, dishes, cocktails, and teas. Alone, lavender can be used to create a delectable cup of herbal tea. As an ingredient, it can be added to blends of all kinds to offer a unique flavor profile. Lavender also has a handful of health benefits, so if its delicious scent and flavor aren’t enough to make you a fan, perhaps its benefits will be.
Lavender’s most notable benefit is its soothing properties. Lavender essential oil has been used as an aromatherapy compound to improve mood, ease nerves, and enhance sleep. It has been especially popular among people who suffer from anxiety, depression, and chronic illnesses that cause ongoing fatigue. Studies show that lavender oil stimulates particular spots of the brain and influences neurotransmissions to create its signature soothing effect. In terms of improving sleep, ingesting or inhaling lavender before bed can stimulate its calming effects as you fall asleep, providing a better quality of sleep in addition to making the process of falling asleep easier. This benefit has been particularly beneficial to women in the postpartum period.
Additionally, lavender possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce cramping. These anti-inflammatory properties also pair with the plant’s antibacterial properties to make it a popular skincare ingredient. Used topically to help reduce acne and even heal minor wounds, lavender encourages the production of collagen in the skin. The plant is also full of antioxidants, Vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium that can help boost immune health.
Related to both mint and rosemary, lavender has a delicate, crisp, floral sweetness to it. Its heavenly aroma has earthy undertones and is known to pair well with honey. Here at Hackberry, we offer a handful of teas that include lavender as an ingredient.
Lavender Earl Grey: Lavender is the focal ingredient of this unique Earl Grey and I must say, it is the perfect addition to the traditional notes of Italian bergamot. Both the flavor and fragrance of this beautiful blend will put you at ease.
Relaxing Mint Chamomile: Lavender pairs perfectly with mint and chamomile in this soothing herbal tea. It’s one perfect cup of relaxing enjoyment!
Evening Peace & Quiet: Another relaxing herbal, this delicious tea is a delightful blend of chamomile, hibiscus, mint, and lavender for an exciting flavor you won't soon forget.
Afternoon Calm: Middle of the day and feeling overwhelmed? Brew a cup of Afternoon Calm full of lavender, peppermint, orange, and hibiscus, and let your worries fall away.
Love Potion #9: Beautiful to look at, delicate in flavor, warm and inviting. This healthy, highly caffeinated tea will be your new favorite! With a lovely blend of roasted Yerba Mate, cocoa nibs, rose, and lavender flowers, this tea is everything a tea should be.
Written by Kourtney Camm