This tea is floral, sweet, and relaxing. When iced, it makes the perfect drink for sitting out in the sun on a lazy day. It is those simple pleasures (sun and iced tea) that can make for a lovely moment. For a family on a tighter budget with a husband in school, it is good to remind myself how frugal relaxation can be.
We recently saw a couple of days that spoke of summer instead of spring. A hot sun heated our house, beated on our brow, and brightened our hearts. But I quickly found that I needed to find some cooling recipes to deal with the warm weather.
This iced tea is simple to make, and quite refreshing and relaxing. Chamomile is a traditional remedy for insomnia, and others find it helpful in treating migraine headaches (when drunk at the first symptom). It also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful in treating stomachaches and helping with irritable bowel syndrome.
Along the same lines, lavender is traditionally known to be helpful for treating insomnia because of its relaxing properties. It too can be helpful in treating an upset stomach and alleviating headaches.
Not only do lavender and chamomile have similar properties, but they taste wonderful together! But a serious warning for those who are pregnant: chamomile can have an abortive effect.
I used honey to sweeten this tea. Honey has a mild floral taste (especially certain types) and works wonderfully in this application. I used Tao of Tea's
Organic Chamomile and Lavender tea. You can make your own blend by combining dried chamomile and lavender. Traditional Medicinals also has an organic chamomile tea with lavender
that would work well.
Iced Chamomile Lavender Tea
3 heaping teaspoons chamomile lavender tea blend in a tea ball or muslin tea bag (or three tea bags)
2 cups water
2-4 teaspoons honey
Heat 2 cups of water to boil.
In a heat-safe container, brew the chamomile and lavender mixture in the hot water for about 3 minutes.
Remove tea. Stir in honey (to taste). Pour over ice and serve.
Yield: Serves 1-2