All over the Earth, flowers have been used for centuries to aide in wellness. Throughout many cultures flowers are used for their soothing properties by sipping them after steeping, bathing in and applying them topically to promote or enhance appearance. And in many kitchens, they are often used in foods and beverages for their unique flavors, aromas, and aesthetics.
” In the world of floral tea, chamomile is Queen. Chamomile, also spelled camomile, is of the aster family (Asteraceae) with origins tracing back to Ancient Egypt.
Esteemed for its health benefits and flavor, it is widely used for its soothing and healing components. Chamomile tea is not only sipped, but also used as an antiseptic, valued in beauty regimens. It is also highly prized in the culinary world for adding gentle tones to create refreshing beverages and delicious desserts.
The antiquity of chamomile is a multitalented one, it has been used as a fever reliever, cosmetic, and even in preserving oil. When consumed, chamomile has been known to assist with sleep, provide calming effects, aid digestion, and reduce inflammation. Apigenin, an antioxidant in chamomile, binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and promotes sleepiness. The flower is abundant in flavones, a class of antioxidants known to support blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Appreciated for its mildly sweet flavor of fruit blossom and its mellow, honey-like sweetness. A perfect potion for catching a quiet moment or to sip before bedtime.
Beautiful, bright, and tropical, the hibiscus is one of the world’s most versatile flowering plants and can be grown in a variety of climates. Frequently used in cooking, hibiscus tea is enjoyed by many cultures.
Hibiscus tea is made from the sepals of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa plant, also called the “Roselle”, with origins likely in Africa. For this reason, this drink is sometimes also called Roselle tea. Hibiscus has a long history of consumption in several countries and regions, especially in hot, tropical climates, including the Middle East, Central America, and Southeast Asia where the Roselle plant grows easily.
This flower is Rich in minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and B-vitamins, hibiscus is also a good source of anthocyanins – antioxidants that help support digestion and immunity. It contains organic acids like malic and citric, to promote healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Hibiscus has a dense flavor described as tart and fruity, with an aroma similar of its cranberry. Steeped hibiscus produces a deep red infusion that can be enjoyed both hot and iced. Hibiscus is one of my personal favorites.
With a history over 2500 years, the origins of lavender, or lavandula, are linked to the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. A flowering plant of the mint family, it is known for its beauty, sweet floral fragrance, and multiple uses across skincare and culinary functions.
Though widely used in aromatherapy as an essential oil for its calming effect, lavender is also notorious in cooking for its iconic. There are over 40 different species of lavender, the English and French varieties are prized for steeping.
Studies suggest that compounds in lavender may stimulate activity in certain areas of the brain that boost mood, while its calming properties are also linked to promote healthy sleep cycles. Lavender oil has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects when used topically to help heal wounds and alleviate symptoms of acne and psoriasis.
Lavender’s flavor is considered herbaceous and earthy with minty undertones. Although it is a member of the mint family, lavender has a distinctive flavor that separates it from more traditional varieties.
Symbolic and feminine, the rose is a versatile flower used in various ways. Essential oils, waters, liqueurs, extracts, and teas are among the most popular uses for its fragrant.
Fascinating fact about is that ancient apothecaries grew roses for their medicinal value. Naturally caffeine-free, rose tea is suitable to sip any time of day and is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols, which are also found in green tea. Rose tea is particularly rich in gallic acid, known to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects.
While the rose family has over 130 edible species, some varieties are sweeter than others. Roses belong to the botanical family Rosaceae, as do strawberries, cherries, apples, and even almonds. Rosa Damascena (commonly known as Damask Rose) is prized for use in tea due to its sweet floral flavor and lack of bitterness.