Lavender tea

This easy to make lavender mint tea will help you get the perfect night sleep.

I may have mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again, I’m a little obsessed with making sure I get a good nights sleep! Not only does it make you feel better (and look better!), adequate sleep is a key part to a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind and more. When I do these three things everyday I’m always guaranteed a perfect nights sleep.

The first is… wake up early. By the time bedtime rolls around again I always fall asleep within minutes. I try to remember this when the alarm rings and I’m dragging myself out of bed – It just makes it a bit easier! The second is keep busy all day (when you rest you rust apparently). And finally, I always have a cup of herbal tea in the evening. Whether it’s from the relaxing properties in the tea or just taking the time to sit down and enjoy a warm soothing cup, sipping a cup of herbal tea before bed really calms me down after a busy day. It’s helpful to remember that caffeine and alcohol can really disturb a restful nights sleep. By drinking plenty of water during the day and avoiding caffeine after 3pm and alcohol before bed I can really minimise a restless night.

Once I’ve done all of these things, by bedtime I’m out for the count, and the following day I wake up recharged and ready for anything.

Fresh Lavender Mint Tea

Some of my favourite hot drinks in the evenings are rooibos, camomile, peppermint and sometimes just hot water with a slice of lemon. But with fresh mint growing in abundance in the garden at the moment, and the lavender about to bloom, here’s a recipe for one of my absolute favourites – fresh lavender mint tea.

What you’ll need:

– 10 mint leaves

– 20 lavender petals (one stem approx.)
– 500ml boiling water
– French press

How to make it:

– Wash the mint leaves and tear them to release their aroma.
– Put the mint and lavender into a French press and pour boiling water over the leaves. Many herbal teas require water at a lower temperature but mint and lavender are hardy so using boiling water is absolutely fine.
– Stir the herbs and leave to steep for 5-10 minutes.
– Once the mint and lavender have reached the required strength press down the plunger and pour into cups.
– This soothing tea is delicious hot or cold, and fresh mint and lavender from the garden make it even more gratifying. Happy snoozing!

Jennifer Lawlor 

Jennifer is a full time Mum (and blogger) living with her husband and three boys in Dublin.

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