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Chamomile

History

Chamomile is an age-old medicinal herb known in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Chamomile’s popularity grew throughout the Middle Ages when people turned to it as a remedy for numerous medical complaints including asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, nervous complaints, children’s ailments, skin diseases and cancer. As a popular remedy, it may be thought of as the European counterpart of the Chinese tonic Ginseng.

Habitat

Chamomile are native in many countries throughout Europe, and are cultivated in such countries as Germany, Egypt, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, and parts of Eastern Europe. The various different Chamomile plants are very distinct and require their own set of conditions to grow. For example, Roman chamomile is a perennial plant (meaning it will live more than two years). It grows close to the ground and has smallish blossoming flowers. It tends to be bitter when used in teas. German chamomile, on the other hand, is a sweeter variety. It is an annual plant and can grow large blossoms up to three feet in height.

Active Ingredients

The plant’s healing properties come from its daisy-like flowers, which contain volatile oils (including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin) as well as flavonoids (particularly a compound called apigenin) and other therapeutic substances.

Health Benefits

Chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as an anti-inflammatory, to name only a few therapeutic uses. Chamomile may be used internally or externally. Extensive scientific research over the past 20 years has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant’s therapeutic activity, including antipeptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity.

Recent and on-going research has identified chamomiles specific anti-inflammatory,anti-bacterial, muscle relaxant, antispasmodic, anti-allergenic and sedative properties, validating its long-held reputation. This attention appears to have increased the popularity of the herb and nowadays Chamomile is included as a drug in the pharmacopoeia of 26 countries.

Specifically, chamomile may:

  • As a tea, be used for lumbago, rheumatic problems and rashes.
  • As a salve, be used for hemorrhoids and wounds.
  • As a vapor, be used to alleviate cold symptoms or asthma.
  • Relieve restlessness, teething problems, and colic in children.
  • Relieve allergies, much as an antihistamine would.
  • Aid in digestion when taken as a tea after meals.
  • Relieve morning sickness during pregnancy.
  • Speed healing of skin ulcers, wounds, or burns.
  • Treat gastritis and ulcerative colitis.
  • Reduce inflammation and facilitate bowel movement without acting directly as a purgative.
  • Be used as a wash or compress for skin problems and inflammations, including inflammations of mucous tissue.
  • Promote general relaxation and relieve stress.

Animal studies show that chamomile contains substances that act on the same parts of the brain and nervous system as anti-anxiety drugs. Never stop taking prescription medications, however, without consulting your doctor.

  • Control insomnia. Chamomiles mildly sedating and muscle-relaxing effects may help those who suffer from insomnia to fall asleep more easily.
  • Treat diverticular disease, irritable bowel problems and various gastrointestinal complaints. Chamomiles reported anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions relax the smooth muscles lining the stomach and intestine. The herb may therefore help to relieve nausea, heartburn, and stress-related flatulence. It may also be useful in the treatment of diverticular disorders and inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease.
  • Soothe skin rashes (including eczema), minor burns and sunburn. Used as a lotion or added in oil form to a cool bath, chamomile may ease the itching of eczema and other rashes and reduces skin inflammation. It may also speed healing and prevent bacterial infection.
  • Treat eye inflammation and infection. Cooled chamomile tea can be used in a compress to help soothe tired, irritated eyes and it may even help treat conjunctivitis.
  • Heal mouth sores and prevent gum disease. A chamomile mouthwash may help soothe mouth inflammations and keep gums healthy.
  • Reduce menstrual cramps. Chamomiles believed ability to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus helps ease the discomfort of menstrual cramping.

Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile oil is an essential oil extracted from the chamomile flower.

Chamomile essential oil is extracted from the blossom (flowers) of the plant. To extract oil from the plants, most manufacturers use steam distillation. The flowers are placed in a still, where hot steam is then applied. The steam — which must be hot enough to penetrate the plant without burning it — forces the essential oil out of the plant so it can be collected independently. The amount of oil each plant yields depends on the variety – fresh Roman chamomile flowers tend to yield 1.7% essential oil, while German chamomile flowers yield only 0.2–0.4% essential oil.

Relaxation

The oil serves many medicinal purposes, but one of the best-documented uses is for relaxation. The oil has a calming effect on people, and can be used to help induce sleep, ease frayed nerves, and promote a general sense of calmness and well being. It is great for those with nervousness or anxiety problems. Aside from having mental calming properties, chamomile is also good at relaxing sore muscles and tight joints. It can ease menstrual cramps and back aches, as well as relax the digestive system to ease upset stomach or indigestion issues. When applied topically to the skin, it soothes redness and irritation. For this reason, it is a common ingredient in skincare. It also eliminates itchiness and is good for those with allergic reactions. Sometimes chamomile is used on rashes. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can work to take down swelling caused by rashes or skin irritants.

Finally, the oil has antibacterial properties and can help to clean and protect wounds from infections. It is commonly used as an all-natural remedy for dental abscesses, conjunctivitis, and other infections.

Consumption

There are a wide variety of ways in which chamomile essential oil can be ingested or applied on the body, depending on the reason the product is being used. For example, the oil can either be applied topically—when dealing with skin problems, or ingested orally—for upset stomach or other gastrointestinal issues. To ingest the oil, it should be diluted into water, as only a small amount is highly potent. One to two drops in a glass of water should be sufficient for using as a mouthwash or ingesting for stomach problems. To use in a bath as an aromatherapy agent and muscle relaxant, less than 10 drops should still be sufficient.

The scent of the essential oil can be inhaled as a form of aromatherapy. The oil can be vaporized for aromatherapy use. This method works well to soothe nerves and headaches. It can be blended with another oil, such as such as sesame, mineral, or olive, to be used for massaging aching muscles and joints. Finally, the oil can be blended with other cream based lotions to provide relief from rashes and irritated skin.

Other Uses

In addition to medicinal use, chamomile enjoys wide usage, especially in Europe and the U.S., as a refreshing beverage tea and as an ingredient in numerous cosmetic and external preparations. Rob McCaleb, President of the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colorado estimates that over one million cups of Chamomile tea are ingested worldwide each day, making it probably the most widely consumed herbal tea.

Cautions

While chamomile essential oil is generally quite safely used by people of all ages, it is not recommended for those who are pregnant. Additionally, it is recommended that those with strong allergies to plants such as ragweed do a spot check on a small patch of skin before applying to the whole body. This is because chamomile can, on occasion, cause allergic reactions.

If you suffer from allergies to plants of the Compositae family (a large group including such flowers as daisies, ragweed, asters and chrysanthemums), you may wish to be cautious about using chamomile at first. While there have been isolated reports of allergic reactions, causing skin rashes and bronchial constriction, most people can use this herb with no problem.

Directions
  1. First you’ll want to pick a pot to make your tea in. An infuser teapot, as pictured, is ideal. If you don’t have a tea infuser, you can use a doubled over cheese cloth and a piece of string to make a makeshift tea bag. You can even place your flowers into a heat safe bowl or cup and, after steeping, pour your tea into your teacup through a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Once you’ve selected a pot you’ll want to harvest your herbs. For the chamomile flowers, it’s ideal to use them the same day they are harvested, as the delicate petals have a short shelf life. Otherwise, they can last a couple of days in the refrigerator, in a plastic bag with a lightly dampened paper towel. To prepare the chamomile for use, pop the head of the flower off the stem. They can even be harvested this way, so that they are immediately ready for use. For the mint, select a small sprig about the size of a quarter off of the tender top of the plant. I selected a variety of mint called apple mint because fresh chamomile also has apple undertones, so they complemented each other perfectly. Peppermint is also delicious.
  3. Fill up your tea kettle with 8 oz of water and begin heating. Place 3-4 Tbsp (4 for a stronger tea) of chamomile and your mint sprig into your teapot or makeshift teabag of choice.
  4. Pour 8 oz of boiling water over the chamomile flowers and mint and then steep for 5 minutes. To serve, pour into a teacup, using a fine mesh strainer as needed.

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Chamomile is one of my must have herbs in the tea garden. Not only does it add beautiful, cheery little blossoms to the garden, but it also makes a delicious comforting tea. In this post, I share how and when to harvest chamomile as well as how to dry it and brew it into a cup of tea.

Chamomile makes a soothing, comforting tea perfect for upset tummies, anxiety or sleepy time. I remember my mom making us chamomile tea if we had a mild fever, upset stomach or couldn’t get to sleep. It’s a tradition I’ve carried on with my kids who ask for a cup of chamomile if they’re feeling a little under the weather.

What Part of Chamomile to Harvest

Unlike many other herbs, when harvesting chamomile, it is the blossoms you want to collect, not the stems, leaves or roots. Those gorgeous white daisy like flowers are all you want to harvest for chamomile tea.

When to Harvest Chamomile

Harvesting chamomile is a continuous activity, since chamomile flowers will bloom all summer long, especially if picked regularly. So, get ready to harvest chamomile blossoms all summer! Good thing, it’s easy to do.

Chamomile flowers are ready to harvest when they are at full bloom. Ideally, the blossoms are open to their fullest, just before the tiny white petals begin to droop down. It’s not unsafe to harvest the blossoms if they’re a little premature or a little droopy, it’s just that they’re beneficial properties may not be at their fullest and most potent state.

The best time of day to harvest chamomile, or any other herb, is in the morning after any dew has dried and before the midday sun has started to beat down on the blossoms.

How to Harvest Chamomile

Here’s a video giving a quick demo.

When picking the flowers, use your fingers as a comb to get just the flower head. Then simply pluck the flower head off the stem while using your other hand to hold the stem of the plant.

Or, pinch off each flower head using your forefinger and thumb just underneath the flower head.

Gather all the blossoms you can. You’ll have to come back several times over the summer to collect blossoms when they’re at full bloom.

By the way, if you don’t harvest your chamomile blossoms, expect a little self-seeding to occur. Chamomile is an annual that self-seeds quite well. In fact, I often leave a few blossoms to go to seed on purpose so I get volunteer chamomile plants the following year. And I leave a few blossoms to dry out and then harvest them for the seed. I’ve had pretty good success growing chamomile from saved seeds.

How to Dry Chamomile

Gently shake the flowers and look them over to remove any insects or dirt that may be on the flower heads.

If you wish, you can wash the flowers in a basin of water. Drain well and gently pat dry. (I don’t always wash the blossoms.)

Air Dry – Spread out the flowers in a single layer and allow them to dry for 1 to 2 weeks in a dark, warm, dry space.

Dehydrate – Dry flowers on a lined dehydrator tray to prevent tiny dried blossoms from falling through the mesh. To avoid blossoms from blowing off the tray, place a mesh liner on top of the chamomile flowers. Set the dehydrator on it’s lowest setting (95°F or 35°C) and dry for 12 to 18 hours. Delicate herbs and flowers should always be dehydrated at the lowest settings for optimum results.

Once the flowers are thoroughly dried and cooled, store in a well sealed glass jar until next year’s chamomile harvest. Always store dried herbs out of direct heat or sunlight to best preserve the color, flavor and medicinal properties.

How to Make Tea with Fresh or Dried Chamomile

Dried Chamomile: use 2-3 teaspoons of dried chamomile per 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 2-5 minutes.

Fresh Chamomile: use 6-8 teaspoons of fresh chamomile per 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 2-5 minutes.

Do you ever drink chamomile tea? Do you use it for a specific purpose or do you just enjoy it? If so, have you ever tried growing and harvesting your own chamomile?

I’d love to see your chamomile blossoms. Take a photo, post it on Instagram and tag #getgettys so I can see it and like it!

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5 Easy Steps to Make Chamomile Tea Properly

Chamomile tea is a popular herbal drink made from dried chamomile flowers. See how to make this caffeine-free tisane, hot and cold.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is an herbal infusion made from dried chamomile flowers steeped in water.

It can be made hot or cold and is a great option as a nighttime drink since there’s no caffeine.

What is Chamomile?

Chamomile is a flowering plant with white petals and a mustard-yellow center that looks like a daisy.

There are a few varieties of chamomile and only two types are used for tea: German chamomile and the Roman Chamomile.

It’s a popular herb used in traditional medicine.

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Chamomile Tea Formula

Whether you make chamomile tea hot or cold, the same ratio of water to chamomile is used:

1 tablespoon chamomile loose tea for every cup of water (8 fl. oz.).

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How Do You Pronounce Chamomile?

There are two ways to pronounce chamomile and both are correct. The “h” is silent so it’s pronounced as either KAM-MAH-MEEL or KAM-MUH-MILE.

What Does Chamomile Tea Taste Like?

Chamomile tea has a strong, heady aroma and tastes earthy with floral and apple notes. If it’s steeped for too long it has a very medicinal taste that I’m not a fan of.

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Is There Caffeine in Chamomile Tea?

Nope, there’s not a trace of caffeine in chamomile tea. It makes for a great nighttime drink since it’s caffeine-free.

Are There Any Calories in Chamomile Tea?

There are no calories are in chamomile tea as long as you don’t add any milk or sugar.

Is Chamomile Tea a Real Tea?

All herbal teas, including chamomile, are not real or true teas.

Tea is only from the camellia sinensis plant, and since chamomile comes from the chamomile plant it’s not a real or true tea.

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What are the Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea?

  • Helps promote sleep and relaxation
    Chamomile contains an antioxidant called apigenin, which may help reduce insomnia and help you sleep better.
  • Aids in digestion
    Chamomile is widely used to help with stomach issues like indigestion, upset stomach, and heartburn.
  • Reduces menstrual cramps
    If you suffer from menstrual pain, chamomile tea may help reduce cramps.

Just a quick note that there isn’t any hard evidence that chamomile tea has any significant health benefits.

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What I Use to Make Chamomile Tea

  • Chamomile loose tea (Chamomile tea sachets)
  • Filtered water
  • Glass teapot with strainer
    I use this all the time since it’s so easy to clean.
  • Gooseneck electric kettle
    A must for all tea drinkers.

How to Make Chamomile Tea Properly

STEP 1: Boil water.

The best tea is made with the best water. Use filtered water if possible.

I always make tea using my trusty electric kettle with temperature setting. I set the water to 208°F for chamomile tea, which is a bit under a full boil.

Boil more water than needed for the cup you’re going to drink since you want extra to warm up the teapot.

STEP 2: Warm up teapot.

Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around. Discard the water.

When the teapot is nice and warm, the water when brewing the tea won’t cool down as fast.

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STEP 3: Put chamomile loose tea into teapot and add hot water.

The formula: 1 tablespoon of chamomile tea to every cup of water.

If you want a less fragrant or more subtle flavor, go down to 2 teaspoons of chamomile tea for every cup of water.

STEP 4: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.

The minimum time to steep herbal tea is 5 minutes. Go ahead and steep it for longer if you like but I’ve found that 5 minutes to be the optimal steep time.

Herbal tea like chamomile won’t get bitter when it oversteeps so it’s not as fussy as black tea or green tea so don’t worry if you steep it for more than 5 minutes.

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STEP 5: Strain chamomile solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.

TA DA! You’ve got yourself a perfect cup of fragrant and soothing cup of chamomile tea.

I don’t like my chamomile tea sweetened, but if you do, try sugar, honey, or date syrup.

How to Make Iced Chamomile Tea Properly

If you want to make iced chamomile tea, the best way is to make it cold brewed.

STEP 1: Put chamomile tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.

Use cool or room temperature water. Hot water isn’t involved in the cold brewing process.

Use filtered water if possible for the best tasting cold brewed iced tea.

I used a glass teapot with strainer but you can also use a cold brew maker which is specifically made for making cold brew tea or coffee.

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

You can leave it in the refrigerator to cold brew for up to 24 hours.

STEP 3: Strain out chamomile solids and pour tea into a cup.

With cold brew, adding ice is optional.

If you want to sweeten your chamomile tea, use simple syrup (half water, half sugar). It’ll be the easiest to incorporate into your tea.

Make simple sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves.

Chamomile Tea Tips

  • Use loose chamomile tea instead of tea bags.
  • I prefer to use a glass teapot to make herbal tea so you can see the pretty herbals in water.
  • Cold brewed chamomile can be steeped for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • You can make different kids of simple syrup by dissolving honey, brown sugar, or date syrup instead of regular sugar in hot water.

Recipes with Chamomile

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chamomile tea
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

    1. Boil water.
      Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot.
      If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F.
      (Filtered water is best.)
    2. Warm up teapot.
      Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around a bit to warm it up. Discard water.
    3. Put chamomile tea into teapot and add hot water.
    4. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
    5. Strain chamomile solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.

Notes

To make cold brew chamomile tea:

  1. Put chamomile tea and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container. (I like using this teapot with strainer.)
    Cold brewed tea tastes best with filtered water.
  2. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
  3. Strain out chamomile solids and pour tea into a cup with ice.

To sweeten your tea:

If you want to sweeten your chamomile tea, use simple syrup.

You can easily make simple sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar (or honey, date syrup, or brown sugar) and hot water until the sugar dissolves.

How can you tell a chamomile flower from a daisy?

Member Comments About This Blog Post

  • PHEBESS
    Chamomile tea is supposed to be calming, though I’ve found I don’t do well with it. In a bath sounds lovely, though!
    1286 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    I’ve never used it on her hair, might be nice in this hot itchy weather.
    1287 days ago
  • SUNNYCALIGIRL
    Pookie, that’s a great suggestion! I didn’t know that chamomile tea could be used in the bath. Sometimes in the summer, if my head feels itchy because my scalp is dry, i will make a tea from bay leaves and cool it off and then rinse my hair in it, or at least apply it to my scalp. It’s very soothing and stops the itching.
    1287 days ago
  • IAMSUNNYHOWARD
    Great information- I didn’t know this! I am not much of a tea drinker! Beautiful picture!
    1287 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    I don’t like any herbal teas. They smell so great but taste of blah! I use chamomile tea for my daughters bath if she has nappy rash.
    1287 days ago
  • OSONIYE
    Thanks for sharing fun facts. I had no idea.
    I don’t normally like the taste of chamomile tea, but I do love Celestial Seasonings’ “Tension Tamer” which has a fair amount in there, but it is nicely balanced with other flavors. I could drink that stuff every night!
    Have a great day, Sweet Friend!
    1287 days ago
  • BANANASLOUIE7
    The photo you added is beautiful! My daughter loves daisies and knows all about them…!
    1287 days ago
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Vail Weed of the week: Chamomile, Oxeye Daisy

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This week, we’ll look at two commonly seen plants that are currently in bloom around Eagle County and have similar growth habits and control methods: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and scentless chamomile (Tripleurospermum perforatum). These plants are targeted by Eagle County’s municipal and county noxious-weed-management programs.Characteristics• Both plants have a daisy-like flower with white petals and a bright-yellow center, emerging in mid-summer. Both plants grow to 10 to 24 inches in height.• Oxeye daisy leaves are smooth and gently lobed. The basal leaves can be described as “spoon-like.”• Chamomile has soft fern-like leaves.• As with many noxious weeds, these plants are escaped garden perennials that now invade open space and crowd out native plants.• One scentless chamomile plant can produce up to 1 million seeds that are viable as soon as the flower is formed. Buried seeds can remain viable up to 15 years.• Chamomile causes blistering in the muscles of wildlife, thus they cannot use it for forage. Do not confuse this chamomile with the kind used for making tea; it will cause blistering in the mouth and throat.Control• Control of both oxeye daisy and scentless chamomile is relatively easy. Smaller populations can be maintained by hand pulling before seed production. Larger infestations should be dealt with by treating with an approved herbicide. Please remember that when using herbicides, always read and follow the label. If hand pulling, be sure to remove the entire root system and to bag the plants and dispose of them by sending them to the landfill. • Maintaining healthy native plant communities is the best way to prevent the establishment of both plants. Chamomile quickly invades disturbed areas, so proper revegetation is critical to controlling this plant, as well as other noxious weed species.Substitutes• Many people in Eagle County are very attached to the oxeye daisies in their gardens and natural areas not realizing that they are noxious weeds. • If you desire a daisy in your garden a good substitute for the oxeye daisy could be a shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum), blanket flower (Gaillardia species) or, better yet, one of our native asters (Erigeron species).For more information on these plants and the weed-management programs in Eagle County, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/weed or http://www.vailgov.com/weeds or call the Eagle County Weed and Pest Department at 970-328-3540, the Town of Vail Department of Public Works at 970-479-2158 or the Eagle County Extension Office at 970-328-8630.

The firs time I tried to grow chamomile I carefully planted neat rows of seeds into nice fertile soil and watered them diligently, and, nothing happened. One stunted little plant grew with a couple of fuzzy leaves but it never flowered.

The following year I chucked what was left of the chamomile seeds into the garden along with some other flower seeds in a last ditch attempt. This time I got a couple of small plants that had one or two flowers each, but that was it.

After those first attempts I concluded that chamomile just wasn’t something that I could grow, and I moved on.

But last year, when the spring rain finally started to give way to some sunshine, I discovered a couple of self seeded chamomile plants, thriving, all of their own accord! I rescued them before the tractor went through and shifted them to the herb bed that wasn’t going to be turned. I wasn’t confident, but a week or two later I had three big chamomile bushes, covered with flower heads!

Don’t ask me what I did to make it grow this seasons, because I have no idea, but I made the most out of it while we had it… I was going to make homemade chamomile tea.

When the chamomile was in full flower Noah and I headed out to the garden with a big bowl and some scissors. It was great cutting practice for Noah who snipped flower heads off the bush and put them in the bowl. We were careful not to get too much stem and no leaves.

We cut a lot of flower heads on the first day, and a week later we came back and cut a whole heap more. We also picked some mint and some lemon balm leaves to add to our homemade tea.

We could have left the chamomile on the window sill to dry in the sun for a week or two, spread out on some trays lined with paper towel, but since we were given a Fowlers Dehydrator to try, we dried our flower heads in the dehydrator and it took only a couple of hours. (We also made strawberry fruit leather shapes with the dehydrator.)

When it was completely dry and crumbly we put it in a glass jar with a tight lid and stored it in a paper bag, out of direct sunlight.

Homemade Chamomile Tea Ingredients

  • Fresh German Chamomile flower heads
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Fresh lemon balm leaves.

Instructions

  1. Cut the chamomile flowers close to the flower head. Be careful not to include too much stem or any leaves.
  2. Gently wash the chamomile flowers, mint and lemon balm and allow to drain on a tea towel.
  3. Using a dehydrator – arrange the flowers and leaves in a single layer on the drying trays. Set your dehydrator to 35 C. The flowers and leaves take approximately three hours to dry. They are ready when the flowers crumble.
  4. Sun drying – place the washed flowers and leaves in a single layer on trays lined with paper towel and place in a sunny window sill. Turn the flowers and leaves every few days until they are completely dry and crumbly.
  5. Place your dried tea glass jar with an airtight lid and store in a cool dark place. Check after a couple of days, if there is condensation in the jar, the tea needs more drying time.

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Along with a little tea pot that has a little mesh bucket do-hicky for the tea (that is the technical term for it I’m sure) our homemade chamomile tea made the perfect present for my Mum who is a tea drinking fiend.

I am not a tea drinker but the smell that came from drying the flower heads may just convince me to try some, and my Mum tells me it is the best chamomile teas she has ever had, though she may be a little biased.

Do you drink herbal tea? What is your favorite combination?

{Disclosure: I was given a Fowlers Ultimate Dehydrator to try. I am under no obligation to blog about this product. All opinions are my own.}

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Is Chamomile Edible – Learn About Edible Chamomile Uses

Chamomile is a pretty herb that graces the herb garden with masses of small, daisy-like flowers throughout much of the growing season. Traditionally, many generations have appreciated chamomile for its curative qualities, and to this day, people rely on chamomile tea to calm frazzled nerves and relax at bedtime. But is chamomile edible, and if so, what parts of chamomile are edible?

It’s wise to know the facts before eating chamomile plants. (Caution: Never eat any plant if you aren’t 100 percent sure!) Read on for the specifics of edible chamomile.

Is Chamomile Edible?

Yes, chamomile leaves and flowers are both perfectly safe to eat, with a couple of caveats.

  • Be sure the herb hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides.
  • Use chamomile with care if you’re allergic to ragweed, as chamomile may trigger allergic reactions in some individuals.

Eating Chamomile Plants

Now that the warnings are out of the way, here are some suggestions for using edible chamomile:

  • Most people use the blooms, as the bright yellow centers have a mild, apple-like flavor. Brown a few crushed or dried chamomile flowers in hot butter, then stir them into oatmeal or other hot cereal.
  • Make chamomile cordial with apple brandy, a small amount of honey and a few fresh or dried chamomile flowers. You can also add orange, lemon, overripe berries, cinnamon sticks or even peppercorns. Allow the mixture to sit overnight to let the flavor develop, then strain. Place the cordial in a clean glass bottle or jar and store it in the refrigerator. Pour the cordial over ice cream or use it as a glazed on desserts.
  • Add a small amount of chamomile flowers to the crunchy topping next time you make apple, peach or berry crisp.
  • Create chamomile liqueur by mixing dried chamomile flowers with vodka and small amounts of honey and lemon zest. Let the liqueur infuse for two to four weeks, then strain well.
  • Infuse chamomile flowers in almond oil. Use the chamomile oil for salads or fish dishes, or mix it in mayonnaise to add flavor to sandwiches.
  • Add a few blooms to add color and flavor to a fresh green salad. You can also use leaves, although they may have a somewhat bitter flavor.
  • Make chamomile tea. Stir two to three tablespoons of crushed chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for five to 10 minutes, then strain and drink. Add honey and lemon to taste, if you like.

How to Make Chamomile Tea: 5 Recipes From Simple Tea to a Hot Toddy

Chamomile tea is one of the most recognizable teas on the planet. It�s renowned for its calming nature and beloved as a bedtime tea. Chamomile was used in Medieval times and by the Ancient Greeks and Romans as a cure for digestive diseases and sleeping disorders. Today, it�s a staple ingredient in natural cold remedies and used to induce feelings of calm.

Chamomile tea is easy to brew and its subtle flavor pairs exceptionally with other spices and herbs. Homemade teas brewed using fresh flowers offer superior flavor. Chamomile is easy to grow in any home garden so nothing stands in the way of making this beverage from scratch. Read on to find out more about chamomile and check out our five different recipes using fresh chamomile flowers.

Want to relax and unwind with a delicious cup of chamomile? Check out our collection of the best chamomile teas and blends right here.

About Chamomile

Chamomile tea is an herbal tea or tisane. It does not contain any leaves of the true tea plant known as Camellia sinensis. Chamomile tea is brewed using just the flower heads of the plant. Chamomile plants have strongly scented foliage and chamomile blossoms that feature white petals and yellow centers. Two types of chamomile are used for brewing tea including German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile.

Both types of chamomile plant are hardy and grown across the world. The plants are native to Europe and Asia, but are commonly found in North and South America. You can grow chamomile at home in your herb garden without a lot of fuss. The flowers pair well with many fresh herbs and can be used to sweeten spice or herb teas. Chamomile flowers are also available at local farmer’s markets and health food stores.

Flavor

Chamomile tea is a sweet herbal infusion that has notes of crisp apple. The body of the tea is light and airy. Chamomile tea is sunshiny yellow in color and emits a fresh, slightly sweet aroma. Chamomile tea made with fresh chamomile flowers has fewer bitter undertones than those made with dry chamomile flowers or chamomile tea bags. Chamomile tea is naturally caffeine-free and thus a great choice for people with caffeine sensitivity.

Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Induces Calm

Our chamomile and lemongrass tea has hints of honey, lemon, and orange to help you unwind after a long day.

Chamomile tea is acclaimed for its relaxing properties. It is warm and soothing in nature. Chamomile tea triggers the release of hormones such as serotonin and melatonin, which are known to combat stress. This tea also boasts anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it can help reduce tension headaches and migraines. Chamomile tea can also help you get to sleep faster and sleep more restfully.

Soothes Digestion

Chamomile tea�s soothing properties reduce the occurrence of upset stomach and digestive problems. The tea relieves excess gas and reduces inflammation to reduce feelings of bloat and stomach pain. Chemical compounds in chamomile also work to reduce ulcers by controlling acid levels in the stomach.

Boosts Immune System

There’s a reason people reach for a cup of tea whenever they start feeling sick. The immune-boosting benefits of tea have been well documented in traditional and modern medicine. The fresh scent of chamomile tea can help clear up congestion. The warming properties of chamomile soothe a sore throat while antibacterial properties eliminate the cause of the common cold or flu.

Chamomile Tea Recipes

1. Basic Fresh Flower Chamomile Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of fresh chamomile flowers (increase petal amounts for stronger tea)
  • 8 ounces boiling water
  • 2 apple mint leaves OPTIONAL

Instructions:

1. Harvest the fresh flowers by removing the entire flower head from the stem. Rinse the chamomile flowers in warm water and pat dry. Chamomile tea is best made using freshly harvested flowers. If necessary, it is possible to store flowers in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Wrap the petals in a wet paper towel and store in an airtight container.

2. Boil water in a tea kettle or large pot on the stove. Infusion tea kettles are the best option for fresh flower teas since they have built-in devices to keep the petals separated. Alternatively, you can use another infusion device such as a tea ball or cheesecloth as a makeshift tea bag. Always use pure or spring water and not hot tap water when brewing tea to preserve flavors.

3. Place flower petals in an infuser and let the tea steep in the kettle or pot for 5 minutes.

4. Remove the flower petals and optional mint leaves before pouring into a teacup. Enjoy!

2. Lavender and Chamomile Tea

  • 1/2 cup fresh chamomile flowers
  • 1/2 cup fresh lavender flowers
  • 1/2 cup apple mint leaves
  • 2 whole lemons – juiced
  • 1/4 cup honey

1. Use a kettle or large pot to boil water. Remove from heat and cool for 1 minute.

2. Add the chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, and mint leaves to a tea ball and infuse in the hot water. Steep for 5 minutes.

3. Remove the tea ball or use a fine mesh sieve to strain loose flowers and leaves.

4. Add lemon juice and honey to hot tea. Serve immediately.

3. Chamomile and Cinnamon Latte

  • 8 ounces spring or pure water
  • 8 ounces milk (dairy, coconut, almond, or rice milk)
  • 1 handful fresh chamomile flowers
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Heat water in a medium saucepan until it comes to a rapid boil.

2. Remove from heat and add in chamomile flowers. Steep for 5 minutes.

3. Add maple syrup and cinnamon.

4. Heat and froth the milk. The easiest way to do this is to use a milk frother on an espresso machine or a hand frother. If you don�t have one, heat the milk in a separate saucepan and whisk vigorously. Keep whisking until small bubbles form and the milk becomes foamy.

5. Combine the water infusion and milk into a cup. Add a dollop of the milk foam to the top of the mug. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

4. Chamomile Ginger Iced Tea

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 2 cups fresh chamomile flowers
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 freshly squeezed lemons
  • Ice

1. Use a medium saucepan to bring water to a rapid boil. Remove from heat and cool for 1 minute.

2. Add ginger, chamomile flowers, honey, and lemons. Steep for 1 hour or until pan returns to room temperature.

3. Strain the tea into a large glass pitcher using a fine mesh strainer. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

4. Serve in tall glasses filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon slice and fresh chamomile flower if desired.

5. Chamomile Hot Toddy

Swarm up in winter months with a hot chamomile beverage. This recipe calls for alcohol so make sure to only serve to adults or swap out the alcohol with cider for a kid-friendly option.

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chamomile flowers
  • 2 tablespoons dark alcohol (whiskey, bourbon, or brandy work best)
  • 1/2 lemon – juiced
  • 1 tablespoon honey

1. Add the liquor, lemon juice, and honey to a mug. Mix well.

2. Heat the water in a small saucepan until boiling. Turn off heat and add in chamomile flowers. Steep for 5 minutes.

3. Strain the chamomile flowers using a fine mesh strainer and pour the hot infusion into the mug with honey and alcohol.

4. Garnish with a slice of lemon or cinnamon stick and enjoy!

Sip Your Way to Relaxation With Chamomile

There’s nothing quite as delicious and satisfying as homemade chamomile tea. You’ll brew up the perfect batch every time with these great tips and recipes. Chamomile tea is easy to brew, making it a good option whether you’re an expert tea drinker or a novice. Brew up a hot version to warm up and unwind or relax with a refreshing glass of iced chamomile tea.

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