Autumn is a marvellous time to trial a range of healthy herbal teas. Often you will have the ingredients growing in your garden. Be careful, of course, choose only edible plants and herbs. This is a healthy tea for the Autumn months. It is gentle but wonderfully flavoured.
Lemon Verbena and Lavender Tea
For each cup or two take a small sprig of lemon verbena and a sprig of lavender bush, or a couple of lavender flowers.
Pour a cup or two of water that is just off the boil over the verbena and lavender and allow to seep for 4 or 5 minutes.
Strain the leaves. I prefer not to sweeten, but if you must, then use your favourite sweetener. Remember, from an Ayurvedic perspective it is not good to have hot honey, so if you are following Ayurvedic principles, choose a different sweetener.
This tea is calming and relaxing.
I often make just one or two cups of this tea at a time, rather than a teapot full. A bit of hot water in the bottom of a jug or large cup, in with the herbs, allow to brew and then drink. It is so very relaxing.
Allow any left over tea to cool and then place in the fridge for a cool drink later in the day. Or better still, leave at room temp for a refreshing evening drink.