Mixing flowers in to your tea can create wonderful flavour combinations and can also have added healthy benefits too. You can use dried or fresh flowers into your regular cuppa or infuse flowers on their own for a beautiful floral tisane. Here’s how to make flower tea PLUS my 10 best flowers to use in tea…
What is the Difference Between a Tea and a Tisane?
Most of us describe a cup of tea as any type of herb infused in water, however that’s actually incorrect. There is a difference between a tea and a tisane and it’s exactly to do with the type of herb used. A tea is made using leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, aka the tea plant. Anything else is a tisane, sometimes called an infusion or immersion or concoction. Many fresh and dried flowers make fabulous flavourful herbal tisanes which have an array of health benefits.
Common Questions About Flower Tea
Here are some commonly asked questions about flowers and tea made with flowers:
How do you Make Tea With Fresh Flowers?
Making tea with fresh flowers is super easy to do but it’s not as straight forward as adding a teaspoon of dried flowers to a cup of tea. To make fresh flower tea, you will firstly need to pick your chosen flower, rinse to remove bugs and pollen and infuse for the desired time. You may need at least one large fresh flower per one cup of water. For instance if you are making fresh chamomile tea, you will need around 5-6 fresh flowers per cup. If using hibiscus flowers, you will need 1-2 fresh flowers per cup. You will need to adjust the amount of fresh flowers used and steeping time depending on your taste preference. Fresh flower tea will be more delicate than dried flower tea and some flowers are best infused when dried.
NOTE: Some people can be sensitive to flowers or have allergic reactions so caution should be taken. Always consult your healthcare provider when taking any herbal remedies.
What Kind of Tea can I Grow in my Garden?
Tea, from the Camellia sinensis plant can be grown anywhere, however, harvesting tasty tea leaves is a little more complex. Many environmental considerations have to be taken including the region, climate and altitude. So although tea can be grown anywhere, it cannot always produce tea for drinking. Herbs that can be grown in your garden for herbal tisanes include (but is certainly not limited to): chamomile, mint, echinacea, calendula flowers, lemon balm, lavender, rose ginger and hibiscus flowers.
How do you dry Flowers for Tea?
Drying your own flowers for herbal tea is super easy to do and can be done in various ways. You will firstly need to pick your desired flowers and lay them out on a flat surface in the sunshine until completely dry. Alternatively, you can speed dry your flowers in the oven on the lowest setting for around 2-3 hours or until completely dry. If you want to make regular dried herbal tea, you may want to invest in a dehydrator or pop one on your Christmas list!
Which Flowers can be Used in Tea?
Many flowers can be safely used in tea such as chamomile flowers, rose buds and petals, hibiscus flowers and dandelions too. Ensure that you use either dried flowers processed for the use to make tea or fresh flowers free from chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. Homegrown flowers are ideal for the use in flower tea. Here’s ten fabulous flowers and how to use them in your tea:
Here are Ten Fabulous Flowers for Tea
1. Chrysanthemum Flower Tea
Chrysanthemum flower tea can be made from dried chrysanthemum flowers. The flavour of chrysanthemum tea is similar to that of chamomile with delicate honey notes. The health benefits of chrysanthemum flowers include promoting calmness, aiding in reducing blood pressure and can also help soothe irritated skin.
Here’s how to make chrysanthemum flower tea: Use 1 teaspoon of dried chrysanthemum flowers and infuse in 1 cup of freshly boiled water for 5-10 minutes before straining out the flowers. Alternatively, for iced chrysanthemum tea, infuse in 1/2 a cup of freshly boiled water and pour over a large glass of ice. You can add honey or sugar and slices of fresh fruit to your chrysanthemum tea.
2. Lavender Flower Tea
Lavender flowers have a distinct floral and almost perfume taste and aroma. Lavender is best known for it’s soothing properties and is perfect for enjoying before bedtime. Lavender goes wonderfully well with mint and chamomile flavours. Many bedtime herbal blends include lavender and chamomile.
Lavender can be easily infused into honey to add to many tea time recipes, here’s how to make this lavender infused honey.
Lavender flowers also work wonderfully well with the earthy tones of matcha just like in this sparkling matcha and lavender lemonade recipe.
Here’s how to make lavender flower tea: Lavender works really well with the flavour of black tea including citrusy earl grey tea. You can add a small sprinkle of dried lavender flowers in with your tea and steep just as you would a regular cup of tea. Be sure to only add a small amount of lavender as the taste is overpoweringly strong if you add too much. Alternatively, you can make a cup of lavender tea on its on by infusing 1/2 a teaspoon of dried lavender flowers to 1 cup of freshly boiled water and allowing to infuse for 5-10 minutes before straining out the flowers.
3. Calendula Flower Tea
Calendula flower tea is possibly my favourite floral tea as it has wonderful skin soothing properties that are known to aid in the relief of irritated skin such as eczema. The taste of calendula flowers are mild and delicate and so are ideal to add a sprinkle to any type of tea. However, if you are using the whole flower head or large amounts of petals to your tea, the taste can be a little bitter and peppery. Add calendula to taste and you can always balance out the flavours with honey, sugar and slices of fresh fruit.
Calendula can also be used topically, just like in this soothing green tea ointment for dry skin.
Here’s how to make a cup of calendula flower tea: Add a sprinkle of dried calendula flowers or petals to your favourite cup of tea, alternatively add 1 teaspoon of dried calendula to 1 cup of freshly boiled water and allow to infuse for 5-10 minutes before straining out the flowers. Add honey or sugar to sweeten and balance out any bitterness or spiciness.
4. Chamomile Flower Tea
Chamomile flower tea has delicate floral, apple and honey notes. Sweetly aromatic chamomile flower tea is super soothing and makes for a great bedtime tea, just like lavender flower tea. Chamomile contains soothing and calming properties and is contains anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties.
The ancient Egyptians used chamomile flowers for healing and it was used in the embalming process for preserving pharaohs. The ancient Romans used chamomile flowers in herbal remedies and in incense. The ancient Greeks and Anglo Saxons also used chamomile flowers in healing, in rituals and in foods.
Try using chamomile flowers in this soothing chamomile nights hot toddy.
Here’s how to make a cup of chamomile flower tea: Use 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers and infuse in 1 cup of freshly boiled water. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes before straining out the flowers and enjoying. Alternatively, add a sprinkle of chamomile flowers to your favourite naturally caffeine free herbal infusion for an extra calming bedtime beverage.
5. Hibiscus Flower Tea
Hibiscus flower tea can be made from both fresh hibiscus flowers and dried hibiscus flowers. The taste of hibiscus isn’t overly floral and sweet as the pretty flowers may lead you to think it tastes. The taste of hibiscus flower tea is tart and has similarities to cranberry juice. Hibiscus flower tea contains wonderful anti oxidants which help fight free radicals in the body. Hibiscus also contains properties that can help lower blood pressure, support a healthy cholesterol and even contains natural antidepressant qualities. However, like all things, too much will have negative side effects including interfering with some medications and interfering with estrogen levels too.
Here’s how to make hibiscus flower tea: You can make hibiscus tea from fresh flowers or from dried flowers. I would recommend using 1 teaspoon of dried flowers per two whole fresh flowers for each cup of freshly boiled water. If using fresh flowers, remove the petals and wash away any bugs and pollen. Allow the petals to infuse for 10-15 minutes before straining out the petals. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of honey.
Here’s how to make fresh hibiscus tea with honey, ginger and lemon
6. Rose Petal Tea
Just like hibiscus flower tea, roses can be used fresh or dried. Rose tea is super floral, fragrant and perfume-like. A little rose flavour goes a long way just like the taste and aroma of lavender, too much can be overpowering. Rose is known to help calm, relax and soothe irritability and so it’s the perfect herbal tea for enjoying before bedtime. Rose also works perfectly with black tea with or without a dash of milk.
Here’s how to make a cup of rose petal tea: Use around 2-3 tablespoons of fresh rinsed rose petals or 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of dried rose. Allow to steep in 1 cup of freshly boiled water for 5-15 minutes and enjoy. You can add honey or sugar to sweeten. Rose also works combined with other herbs and spices such as saffron, lavender and rosemary. Fruits such as strawberries and raspberries pair wonderfully with the flavours of rose.
Here’s how to make a blueberry rose tea latte.
If you love rose flavours, you may also love this Persian love cake with a black tea drizzle.
7. Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Butterfly pea flower is a beautiful naturally blue flower than can turn from blue to purple when something acidic like lemon juice is added. Pretty butterfly pea flower tea works fabulous hot, iced and in cocktails. Butterfly pea flowers contain anti inflammatory properties and is often used to help stabilise blood sugar levels. Some studies suggest that butterfly pea flower tea can aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Butterfly pea flower tea has a very neutral taste and aroma and as such works well in many different tea blends.
Here’s how to make a cup of butterfly pea flower tea; Use 1 teaspoon of butterfly tea flower to one cup of freshly boiled water and allow to steep for around 5 minutes before straining out the flowers. Add something sweet to taste such as honey. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to watch the colour change from blue to purple. Make a strongly concentrated butterfly pea flower tea and add to lemonade for a beautiful citrus drink.
8. Dandelion Flower Tea
Dandelions are great to use fresh from your garden to make a healthy brew. Dandelion flower tea made from dandelion petals has a subtle floral and sweet taste and aroma. Tea can also be made from the stems, leaves and roots, all of which will have different tastes. Dandelion tea is known to have detoxifying and anti inflammatory properties. Dandelion flower tea is also commonly used to soothe symptoms of cold and flu. However, dandelion contains diuretic qualities and so should be avoided by those on certain medications. Roasted dandelion root tea has a much stronger and richer taste that can be used as a naturally caffeine free alternative to coffee.
How to make fresh dandelion tea: Pick around 6 dandelions freshly from your garden and thoroughly wash the flowers to remove any bugs or dirt. Steep your dandelion flowerheads in freshly boiled water for 5-10 minutes before removing the flowers. Add honey or sugar to serve.
9. Purple Cone Flower Tea
Purple cone flower tea, or echinacea, is commonly used in immune boosting teas due to it’s anti viral and antibacterial properties. Echinacea can be taken in teas, tinctures and syrups all of which are used to boost immunity and to aid in a speedier recovery from colds and flu.
Here’s how to blend a batch of my favourite immune boosting herbal tea using echinacea flowers: 2 tablespoons of rooibos, 1 tablespoon of echinacea, 1 teaspoon of mint, 1 teaspoon of calendula petals and 1 teaspoon of chamomile. Mix together and keep in a tea tin or container. Use 1 teaspoon of your loose leaf mix per one cup or freshly boiled water and allow to steep for around 3-7 minutes before straining and enjoying.
10. Jasmine Flower Tea
Jasmine flower tea has a very light floral taste. Many teas such as green and white tea are scented with jasmine flowers to give a delicate and distinct taste and aroma. Jasmine flowers contain anti stress properties and in Chinese medicine, jasmine flowers are used to heal oral health conditions.
Here’s how to make jasmine flower tea: Use 1 teaspoon of dried jasmine flowers and infuse in 1 cup of freshly boiled water. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on your taste preference, then remove the jasmine using a strainer.
Which is your favourite flower tea? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below!
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