Lavender or as Persians call it “ustukhuddus” is a plant with multiple purposes.
Lavender oil is a natural mosquito repellent. Its flowers yield nectar, from which bees make a high-quality monofloral honey. Lavender greens are used similar to rosemary to flavour meat and vegetables.
Persians use dried English lavender buds to make a tasty tea.
In order to make lavender tea, brew 2 Tbsp dried lavender (you can add cinnamon or cardamom for a better taste) in 2 cups of water and serve it alongside rock candies or honey.
According to NIH lavender can relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia while side effects of drinking too much lavender tea may include constipation, headache and increased appetite.
Tehran Province, Iran
Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Varzaneh Desert, Iran