April 29, 2018
Many teas on today’s market contain flower petals to add color, and occasionally flavor or aroma. As an herbalist, I add flowers to tea for their many health benefits as well as their gorgeous colors and aroma. Because spring is the season of flowers and new growth, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about 9 of my favorite healing flowers.
Gorgeous hibiscus flowers make a rich, red tea that’s pleasantly tart with a hint of sweetness. It is used in many fruit and berry teas because it adds a lot of flavor and color. Here are some of the health benefits of hibiscus:
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Lavender’s soft, light purple little blossoms pack a big punch of flavor and aroma. Many people find lavender tea to be too perfumey, but a small amount of lavender flowers added as an accent to a tea blend can transform it completely. Lavender has many healing properties:
Check out the many ways you can use lavender essential oil!
Fragrant roses are one of the world’s most beloved flowers. They’re beautiful, they smell amazing, and the whole plant has a multitude of culinary and medicinal uses. Here are some of the healing properties of roses:
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower
Native to Thailand, butterfly blue pea flower makes a dramatic dark blue tea that is used for both its color and healing properties. The blue color is completely natural, and comes from its blue anthocyanin pigments. When an acidic substance like lemon juice is added to a tea of the blue pea flowers, it transforms from blue to purple. The benefits of this blue flower include:
Chamomile tea is probably the most well-known and popular herbal tea. The name stems from an ancient Greek word that means “apple-like”, due to the fruity aroma of the fresh flowers. Chamomile flowers make a wonderful tea on their own or in combination with other herbs. Chamomile has a broad spectrum of medicinal uses:
Read more about the health benefits of chamomile
The benefits of golden calendula flowers have been known for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The bright yellow flower petals add a colorful pop to black tea leaves, or herbal blends that need a color lift. However, the healing properties make calendula a potent addition to many types of healing blends:
Blue malva, also known as mallow flowers, are a deep purplish-blue, and, similar to butterfly blue pea flowers, produce a blue or purple tea. The level of blue or purple will depend on the alkalinity of the water that you steep the tea in: the more alkaline the water, the more blue the tea. The medicinal benefits include:
A favorite flower of bees, red clover blossoms make a lovely herbal tea. The flavor is gentle and slightly sweet, and doesn’t become bitter, even after a long steeping. Besides being both tasty and lovely, red clover is also a supreme healing herb:
Chrysanthemum is a popular medicinal tea in China. It is also combined with black and oolong teas for its flavor, aroma, and because it is simply beautiful to look at when the dried flower opens up in hot water. Here are some of chrysanthemum’s health benefits:
Wishing you radiant health,
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