Floral teas are some of my favorites. They’re typically delicate, mild and full of flavor. All of my moon phase tea blends have at least one floral component, whether it be rosebuds, lavender, red clover blossoms or elderflower.
This time of year is perfect for floral teas too. As we move from spring into summer, not only are our gardens bursting with fresh flowers, but the air sings with sweet fragrances as well. In a few days, I’ll be sharing a floral tea ritual for the May Flower Full Moon but first, I want to go over some of the basics of floral teas.
Floral teas are more accurately known as herbal tisanes. That means it is a “tea” made by infusing plants into hot water, but that does not include any “true tea”, which are white, green, black and oolong teas made from the plant, Camellia sinensis. (But for the purposes of this blog post, I’m going to keep calling them floral teas!)
You can make a floral tea out of just one flower or by blending several flowers or other ingredients together. There is no single rule of thumb for how long you should steep a floral tea, since some flowers are very light and others are incredibly bold. Depending on the flower, you’re probably going to want it to steep for 5-8 minutes.
So without further technical discussion, on to my five favorite (and essential) flowers for making floral teas!
Lavender is an absolute must. It’s distinctive taste helps anchor and sweeten other flavors, especially when creating blends with less appealing but healthy ingredients. Lavender is delicious alone or blended with black teas.
Lavender is magickally associated with sleep and dreams. As lavender is very calming and soothing, this magickal association is directly linked to the flower’s medicinal properties. Lavender is ruled by Mercury and the element of air.
Drink a cup of lavender tea just before bed to help yourself rest easy. You might even have prophetic dreams.
Another essential, dried roses make for sweet and incredibly soothing teas. Although they are delicious when enjoyed alone, I love to blend rosebuds with White Peony tea or lavender for a heartier flavor.
Roses are magickally associated with love and beauty, especially those that are red or pink. Yellow roses are often more closely linked to friendship, happiness and platonic relationships. Roses are ruled by Venus and the element of water.
Share a cup of rose tea with a loved one to strengthen your bond or enjoy a cup alone before going on a date.
Elderflower tea has a very mild and quiet flavor, though distinctive. It has become more and more popular in recent years.
Elderflower is one I always like to have on hand because it is one of few flowers magickally associated with banishing and release. Not all magick is just about attracting love and happiness after all; sometimes we have to let go of things as well. Elderflower is ruled by Venus and the element of water.
When needing to release something from your life, whether it be an attitude, person or situation, sit quietly with a cup of elderflower tea, stirring honey into the cup in a counterclockwise motion to introduce the energy of banishing.
Calendula flowers are immediately recognizable by their bright orange petals. You will generally find the flowers dried whole, making for a striking sight when floated in a glass teapot!
Calendula is associated with protection, strength and psychic powers. It is ruled by the Sun and the element of fire. A suitable substitute can also be sunflower petals.
A cup of calendula tea while sitting out in the sunshine is sure to give you a strengthening boost to get you through the entire day.
This beautiful red tropical flower is one of my all time favorites. Hibiscus tea has an almost spicy flavor and brews very quickly. It makes for a beautiful presentation and will turn any tea a deep, dark red, whatever else it might be blended with.
Hibiscus is magickally associated with love, lust and dreams. It can serve many of the same functions as rosebuds but with a powerful spicy edge behind it. Hibiscus is ruled by Venus and the element of water.
I find that hibiscus tea is wonderful for meditation during tea ritual. Although it is an energizing tea, as opposed to a calming tea, watching the red flowers steep into clear water is quite mesmerizing.
What types of floral teas do you enjoy? Please share in the comments!