LAVENDER VANILLA TEA

Makes 1 serving

The lavender and vanilla scents in this tea help to increase feelings of relaxation and calm, while black tea has antioxidants that help prevent inflammation. Sip slowly and savor the sweet, creamy texture as you feel stress melt away. 

1 teaspoon black tea leaves or 1 tea bag
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2  tablespoon evaporated milk or plant-based creamer
Sprinkle lavender leaves (optional)* 

Heat water to boiling and steep tea 3-5 minutes. Pour in simple syrup, vanilla,  and top with milk (steamed if you prefer) and a sprinkle of lavender leaves.

LAVENDER SIMPLE SYRUP
Makes 1 cup (16 servings)

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lavender leaves*

Combine water, sugar, and lavender leaves in a pot. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened and slightly reduced. Pour through a fine mesh sieve to filter out lavender leaves. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

*Culinary lavender leaves can be found in specialty grocers on online retailers.