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Guess what girl has a new green thumb and lavender tea recipe to share with you? This girl!
As you may know, we bought a home several months ago and have been slowly making our house a home for our little family. Each project we complete makes our home that much more special to us. Updating the front yard was of high importance as it’s the first view of our home. I’d eventually like to add in a bit more to the actual entryway but for now we are so happy with our new front yard and flower bed area. Get all the details on how we selected flowers for that area, how to get some much needed support for the yard labor aches and pains and how to properly dry out lavender for lavender tea.
The before and after. Bam! How big of a difference is that?!?
It took a bit longer than we expected to create our flower bed area but beyond worth it. We have two littles so sometimes a project that should take a few hours takes 2 days. We took our time selecting which flowers, fillers and the scrubs and I highly recommend you do the same regardless of the season. The perennials don’t give us much time with them and we didn’t fall head over heels for the annuals, so we selected what we felt worked best in that spot for this year and can reevaluate things next year. The perennials we selected have bloomed a handful of times, so doing our research and taking our time paid off.
We selected one annual and that the lavender plant. The lavender plant takes the least amount of green thumb-ness of all the items we selected and it’s one of my favorites. I trimmed up the lavender plant for the first time and decided it was time to try my hand at lavender tea. I’m super pumped to share my new recipe with you all; you can find the recipe details below.
I discovered my new green thumb with this yard update. I admire friends gardens and have had reservations about having anything similar of my own because I struggle to keep small potted plants alive, but doing a bit of research and taking my time was all that was required. Every afternoon I head outside and pull weeds, trim the plants or flowers if needed, water and soak in the natural environment. My advice for those wanting to update their yard…. go for it!
As you can tell from the before and after photos we did some work on this project and with outside work comes aches and pain. I was very sore from raking and pulling up what filled the spot prior to planting then again filled with aches after planting. Extra Strength TYLENOL® and TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain have been our friends when it comes to soreness from yard work and gardening. TYLENOL® offers temporary relief where we needed it most, for backaches and muscular aches.
Extra Strength TYLENOL® and lavender tea is a great way to relax those sore muscles after hard work! Be sure to use the products as directed.
Now let’s chat fresh lavender tea!
Lavender plants don’t require much water but I’ve learned they enjoy the sun. When the lavender is about to fully bloom it’s a good time to go ahead and trim back the lavender bush and trim off the lavender stems. As photographed above you’ll notice one stem showing a fully bloomed lavender section and one not completely opened.
Don’t fret about your lavender plant, the lavender you cut off will grown back!
If you’re not sure if you will like the taste of your lavender plant (as they do differ) cut a stem and smell it, that’s a good way to determine if it’s one you want in your tea or food items. I was shocked to find that lavender smells different and grows a bit differently too!
- Tea Bag (tea of choice)
- Hot water or hot water brewing machine for individual cups
- Dried lavender (directions below)
- Honey or Milk
To dry your lavender cut the stems and bundle them. I wrapped ribbon around my trimmed lavender not just because it’s all sorts of pretty that way, but also because it helps hold them together a bit more firmly.
Allow the lavender to dry out. The drying out process can take 2-6 days from my experience.
When the lavender feels brittle to the touch and breaks off when rubbed in your hands, it’s time. (See dried lavender photo below)
Make your warm tea and drop in a few pieces of your lavender. Lavender is strong so not much is required.
Allow the lavender to steep with your tea for several minutes.
Remove the tea and lavender (if lavender pieces remain behind it’s more than fine and is very common)
Add in a bit of honey and sip! (In place of honey some may prefer milk.)
Now that you’re running off to the store to get a lavender plant be sure to swing by the medicine section at Target to grab a few other required items for your gardening. You’ll spot the aisle below.
Do you have any gardening tips for me? How do you take your tea, milk or honey? What other ways do you relax and soothe aching muscles? Share with me, friends!
Enjoy the warm weather and nurture those plants and body aches this season.
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