All About: Lavender Tea

What it is: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is an herb with a very strong scent. It is common in lotions, baking, detergents, perfumes, and tea.

What it does: The beauty of lavender is that it can be used for a multitude of purposes. All over the world lavender is used for helping or treating insomnia, anxiety, depression, coughs, colds, and stress. Some sources say lavender helps with rheumatic discomfort and joint stiffness. Lavender tea can also help  prevent dandruff and relax sore muscles.

How much to use: Use one teaspoon of dried lavender for every one cup of boiling water. Honey and lemon can add extra flavor.

The side effects: Constipation, headaches, and increased appetite.

Final note: A few sources say lavender tea may be used as an alternative to bug spray.  Try it yourself and you might have just found your new repellent this summer.

Trusted sources: Teavana Citrus Lavender Sage Herbal Tea, 2 ounces, $11, teavana.com; Traditional Medicinals Herbal Tea, Organic Chamomile with Lavender, 16 tea bags, $4, traditionalmedicinals.com