An unspoken goal I've made this year is to bring more calm and tranquility into my life. I think sometimes I get addicted to the rush of being busy, but the aftermath leaves me feeling so exhausted and de-energized. That's completely the opposite of how I want to be feeling.
I think with calm and tranquility comes simplicity—or maybe it's the other way around. I felt inspired to create a calming Chamomile Lavender Latte based on my favorite scent for relaxation.
Calming Chamomile Lavender Latte
At night, when it's quiet and dark, it's the perfect time to heat up some milk to make this latte. I brew the chamomile tea right in the milk and add dried lavender buds, which release their aroma as the tea steeps.
Grandmothers everywhere have sworn by warm milk to help you sleep and this takes it a step further. Chamomile has been used for centuries to help induce relaxation, aid sleep, calm an upset stomach, and it's also used as a natural anti-inflammatory. Lavender plays a role in natural relaxation too, especially at bedtime, by helping alleviate nervous tension and stress.
One sip of this dreamy latte, will help you forget all your troubles of the day, if only for a few minutes. I've become a little addicted to my nightly Chamomile Lavender Latte.
All it needs is a touch of honey for sweetness, which goes so nicely with the floral aromas and flavors. It's like creating a little mini-spa experience right in your own kitchen.
Call me crazy, but washing dishes is one of my favorite ways to calm stress and anxiety at night. The chaos of the day has ended, and it's just me and my dishes. The mundane household tasks are my favorite because I can slip into autopilot and let my mind relax and wander. So most nights you can find me washing the dishes as my tea steeps.
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Chamomile Lavender Latte FAQ
Where can I buy dried lavender buds?
While you can purchase dried edible lavender online, many specialty spice and herb markets—not to mention some well-stocked grocery stores—carry it as well. Just remember that it's important to purchase edible organic lavender, as some other varieties are chemically treated for color and fragrance, so you'll want to make sure the lavender you select is intended for culinary use.
Can I brew the tea in the milk?
Yes, this is what I'd recommend. I love to brew the chamomile tea and dried lavender buds right in the milk. It releases their aroma as the tea steeps, and the smell is absolutely divine.
Do I need to use regular milk in this recipe or can I swap it out for something dairy free?
Absolutely! Feel free to swap in the non-dairy milk of your choice. I've made it with almond milk and really enjoyed it. Thought I must confess, I think that nothing can beat the creaminess of regular milk when it comes to lattes!
Chamomile Lavender Latte
- Small saucepan
- Mesh strainer
- 16 ounces milk regular or non-dairy
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile buds or two chamomile tea bags
- 2 heaping teaspoons dried lavender buds
- 1-2 teaspoons raw honey or maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional
- Heat milk in a small pan until very hot, being careful not to let it boil.
- Add the chamomile and lavender to the hot milk. Let steep for 5-10 minutes, then strain the mixture into a mug. Sweeten with raw honey or maple syrup and add vanilla extract, if desired.
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