111 Moods of Herbal Tea — Day 11, Lavender Flowers

Photo Credits to Cape Lavender Teahouse

Dear Gentle Reader,

I rode past 138 wineries in the valley of Margaret River, Australia, to follow the alluring scent. Past the trees and past the daisy bushes, I came into a garden of silvery leaves and dazzling purple blooms. In the midst of serenity, I spied through mullion windows the Cape Lavender Teahouse.

Call for your carriage right away and come nibble like royalty with me. On your way here, tell my true love I’ll be sitting at the far-left end of the patio. He can follow the line of tables with vases of fresh lavender flowers to me.

The lavender scones, lavender ice-cream, lavender honey, and I will wait for you. I can’t say the same for the signature lavender tea, though. A single sip captures the flavors of the sunny valley. The rich, yet delicate flavor, matches the grace of its setting.

Photo Credits to Cape Lavender Teahouse

The book I brought with me today has a marked page, with the text highlighted: “Cleopatra used lavender to seduce Julius Caesar and Mark Antony”. Apparently, when other ladies heard word of this, they made a fashion of wearing small lavender pouches in their cleavage to lure suitors (1).

Would you vouch for this? If not, it might be time to try it.

I can only speak for the lavender tea health benefits, as of this second. According to The art of tea: Recipes & rituals, you may also use lavender tea to:

· Clean wounds

· Improve skin health

· Lift your mood

· Repel fatigue

· Enhance sleep quality

· Soothe menstrual cramps

· Improve memory

· Relieve pain

· Treat burns

· Decrease inflammation

· Cure skin fungus (1)

On our way out from the gift shop, let’s carry along a a little pouch for our homemade lavender tea recipe:

2 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers

1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers

2 fresh mint leaves

1 cup of water

  1. Bring water to a simmer

2. Remove kettle from heat

3. Add the lavender, chamomile, and mint

4. Steep for 5 minutes

5. Serve warm or chilled

You didn’t bring the love of my life with you, but this traditional nursery rhyme might call to him on a breezy summer evening:

“Lavender’s green dilly, dilly,

lavender’s blue,

You must love me, dilly, dilly

’cause I love you.”

To love sweet as you,

Valeria Paz

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The art of tea: Recipes & rituals. (2020). Birmingham, AL: 83 Press.



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