When you order a cup of hot tea at your favorite cafe, you’re most likely getting traditional black or green tea. Made from camellia sinensis, this traditional type of tea gets its color from the oxidation process. In most cases, the more oxidized and darker in color, the more caffeinated the tea. However, for those looking for a caffeine-free alternative, a tea made from flowers could be a great option.
Flower tea, such as chamomile flower tea or calendula tea, offers ample physical and mental health benefits. Learn more about the types of teas made from flowers and how they can benefit your day-to-day life:
Five Types of Tea Made from Flowers
Flower tea goes way beyond the ever-popular chamomile flower, which is why many home gardeners and flower enthusiasts are lovers of tea made from flowers. Used for healing, mental health, and just for fun, flower tea is delicious, easy to make, and a great way to use dried flowers.
1. Mullein Tea for Cough or Congestion
Mullein is a common weed found in the United States that has been used by Native Americans traditionally for its expectorant qualities. Perfect for relief of congestion and cough, mullein flower tea has ample lung health benefits.
2. Lavender Tea for Relaxation
Lavender essential oil is well known for its relaxation properties, and lavender flower tea is no different. Perfect for healing digestive issues, physical convulsions and spasms, as well as insomnia, lavender is a popular aromatic flower tea.
3. Hibiscus Tea
Sweet and bright red, hibiscus flower tea is a delicious and popular flower tea option in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, hibiscus flower tea can help to lower blood pressure. It is often served as iced tea because of its sweetness and refreshing flavor.
4. Mint Floral Tea
Mint leaves are often used in herbal tea because of their relaxing qualities, but mint flowers are also often made into tea. Flavorful and full of health benefits, mint flower tea can help with oral health and can be added to other floral teas for added health benefits.
5. Rose Petal Tea
Tea made from rose petals are a fast favorite for flower tea drinkers. Steeped dry or fresh, rose petals offer a distinctly floral flavor and aroma, which is often combined with jasmine in flower teas.
How to Make Flower Tea
Making tea flower is a simple process with many possible variations. Choosing the right recipe really depends on your preference. Whether you decide to steep your flower tea with dried flowers or fresh, prepare for about a 20 minute prep time, since herbal tea takes much longer to steep to maturation than traditional black or green tea.
To make tea from flowers, you’ll need one to two teaspoons dried or two tablespoons fresh flower or herbs, depending on the flower. Feel free to combine different flowers with different healing properties to see which combinations you like best for flavor and health. Combine the flowers with eight ounces of boiling water in a heat-safe container, such as a tea pot or mug (covered). Steep for about 15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener like stevia for flavor, or honey for added health benefits.
Mullein Flower Tea Recipe
To make mullein flower tea, combined one to two teaspoons of dried mullein flower to one eight ounces of boil water. Steep for 15 minutes, then and one teaspoon of honey for sore throat or chest congestion relief.
Chamomile Apple Tea Recipe
To make chamomile apple tea, start by warming teapot to boil. Remove skin and core from two apples and thinly slice the fruit. Mash the apple slices in a pot with a wooden spoon, then add two tablespoons of fresh chamomile flowers. Pour 16 ounces of boiling water over flowers and apples. Cover and steep for three to five minutes. Strain the tea into two cups and add honey to taste.
Ready to make your own flower petal tea? Here at The Bouqs, we may offer a wide range of flowers for display and other DIY purposes, but because our arrangements are not edible, we highly recommend purchasing food-grade flowers for brewing! Check out our guide to edible flowers for more information.Shop All