I’ve always had a fondness for flower teas, even before I discovered that many of them are also good for your health.
Tea made from flowers just smells so good. And it doesn’t contain any caffeine, so you don’t risk getting headaches or insomnia from drinking oceans of tea all day.
My favorites are Hibiscus Tea, Jasmine Tea, and Chamomile Tea. These are great tastes to try, even if you’ve never stepped beyond basic black or green tea. They are refreshing, flowery and delicately delicious, as well as good for you.
If you are looking for a more exotic flower tea, or for a special tea to give as a present, I highly recommend flowering teas.
Flowering teas are made from tea leaves and flower leaves that are tied together in a beautiful flower shape. The tea flower opens when hot water is poured on top, and it looks as though the flower is blooming.
This tea is best drunk in a glass teapot, so you can see the tea flower expand.
Pure hibiscus tea is harder to find in stores than most other flower teas; that was actually a big reason for building this site.
- Taste: Tart and fruity, a bit like cranberries. Some people like to add honey to lessen the tartness, but I like it just as it is.
- Health Benefits: A recent study (see our sidebar!) shows that a couple of cups of hibiscus tea a day can lower blood pressure.
- Which Hibiscus Tea To Buy: My sister and I love Davidson’s organic loose leaf hibiscus tea. Or if you prefer tea bags, the natural hibiscus teabags by The Republic of Tea.
All kidding aside, this tea is special. It has a very delicate aroma and taste, and is so fragrant.
It’s usually composed of green tea mixed with jasmine flowers; I’ve never seen pure jasmine flower tea, I imagine that would be very costly.
One thing is very important: don’t use boiling water when you make jasmine tea. That is, you can boil it first, but then just let it cool down a little before you pour it over the tea. Otherwise the tea can turn bitter, and that’s a shame. Jasmine tea should not be bitter at all, just flowery and delicious.
- Taste: Just like jasmine flowers smell; gentle, flowery, a little bit sweet.
- Health Benefits: Green tea is an antioxidant, and many people also drink it to help them lose weight.
- Which Jasmine Tea To Buy: Rishi organic loose leaf jasmine tea is the best we have found. The leaves are very fine, and hand rolled into small ‘pearls’ that unfold as the tea steeps. It looks, smells and tastes beautiful. If you’d prefer tea bags, we advise Davidson’s jasmine flower tea bags.
Sometimes they like chamomile tea when it’s mixed with something else, rather than by itself. And the funny thing is, the taste and scent aren’t all that strong; a little bit like new-mown hay.
Like hibiscus tea, chamomile tea is composed of 100% flowers. You can pick your own chamomile flowers and dry them, if you’re lucky enough to live in an area where they grow, and voilà, you have chamomile tea. But it’s also an inexpensive tea to buy.
- Taste: Grassy, a bit like new-mown hay or straw.
- Health Benefits: Chamomile tea is well-known as a relaxing, soothing tea. Drink it before bedtime if you have trouble sleeping, or any time when you need a moment to calm yourself. It also has other benefits; some people swear it lessens menstrual cramps, for example, and chamomile is also said to strenghten the immune system.
- Which Chamomile Tea To Buy: Once again I recommend Davidson’s excellent organic loose leaf chamomile tea in bulk. And if you’d rather have tea bags, go for Twinings pure camomile herbal tea bags.
I hope very much that you’ll enjoy these flower teas. And if you have other favorites, please let me know in the comments!