How to Make Your Own Chamomile Tea
I’ve been busy making my own chamomile tea.
It is super easy. All you need is some chamomile in your garden or know someone that does!
Below I’ve given you a step by step guide to follow but first here’s a little interesting info on chamomile and the wonderful health benefits it brings.
The two most common types of chamomile are German chamomile (Matricaria recutica) an annual and Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) a perennial which is the preferred variety if you want to grow an aromatic lawn.
Both plants contain essential oils that are very similar, but quite different at the same time. Medicinally, both varieties are calming and helpful at soothing skin inflammation. A difference is German chamomile has more powerful anti-inflammatory properties whereas the Roman chamomile has a more pleasing aroma for inhalation with excellent sedative and calming properties.
Chamomile (along with lavender) is one of the safest essential oils to use. It is very gentle, soothing, calming and healing and perfect to use in massage balms, inhalation blends, and skin care treatments.
Benefits of chamomile tea
There are many benefits of drinking chamomile tea and there’s nothing nicer than sipping on a cup of herbal tea which you have made yourself, … from your own garden, … knowing exactly where the plant material has come from, while it is giving you lots of health benefits.
Here are a few good reasons for drinking chamomile tea …
- Promotes relaxation and sleep
Chamomile’s well-known calming and sedating effects can help if you’re suffering from insomnia, stress and anxiety. Drinking chamomile tea or having chamomile essential oil in a burner or diffuser in the evening will help you relax and bring on a deep and restful sleep.
- Relieves stomach issues
Chamomile tea contains powerful antispasmodic and carminative properties that can soothe and relieve an upset tummy, irritable bowel or painful digestion.
- That time of the month
The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of German chamomile make it a popular choice for women dealing with the symptoms of menstruation like cramping, anxiety, inability to sleep, and mood swings. Chamomile tea will support you during this time by soothing the mind and body, and reducing inflammation and muscle cramps.
A strong brew of chamomile tea is useful for relieving both headaches and migraines. The antispasmodic, pain relieving and anti-neuralgic properties help ease muscle tension which can contribute to headaches.
- Eases stress and anxiety
One of the most popular reasons for drinking a cup of chamomile tea is in supporting the nervous system and relieving stress and anxiety. Chamomile promotes a calm, clear mind, settling feelings of worry, impatience and anger.
German chamomile’s strength is in treating inflammation whether it be internal or external as well as supporting you emotionally letting go of worries, relaxing and restoring a sense of calm.
It is German chamomile that I used to make my tea.
Picking and drying your chamomile
If you are picking your own chamomile the flower heads are ready to harvest when the petals are open or are just starting to fall back from the centre.
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.
When I picked my flowers, I pruned back the stalks that contained the flowers at the same time. This way you don’t have to go back and tidy up the plant after you have harvested the flowers.
But don’t pick all the flowers. It’s a good idea to leave a few on the plant for the bees to still enjoy. I also like letting a few plants go to seed so I can gather the seeds to plant next spring or just let the plant self-sow 😊 (especially if you like the wild natural look which is what my garden is generally like!).
It’s best to …
1) Pick your flowers first thing in the morning as early as possible on a sunny day after the morning dew has dried.
2) I then placed my chamomile flowers in a single layer on a drying frame that my husband made for me (see pic). If you don’t have a drying frame you can lay the flower heads on absorbent paper then place in a warm area away from direct sunlight to dry.
I found my chamomile flowers took about two days to dry out completely. They have finished drying when you can crumble them easily. But don’t go and crumble them all because you need them for your tea!
3) Store in an airtight container or jar out of direct light and away from high heat.
Chamomile tea anyone?
1) To make a delicious tea, take 1-2- heaped tsp (per person) of your fragrant, dried chamomile flowers, pour over about a cup of boiling water then leave the herb to steep for about 5-10 minutes before straining and drinking.
2) If you prefer a stronger brew, use 2-3 heaped tsp per person and steep for a longer time. This will give you a pleasing tea that is stronger and more bitter with more potent therapeutic results.
A good tip when making chamomile tea (or any herbal tea really) is to keep it well covered while it is brewing. Many of the therapeutic essential oils in chamomile are released into steam by the hot water. But as long as the tea is covered, the oils will drop back into the water where they can now be absorbed by drinking the tea.
I look forward to my chamomile tea at the end of each day. It is very relaxing and comforting. I also find a great sense of pleasure and contentment when I’ve made my own tea. It enhances a deeper connection to your garden, plants and nature.
Some special considerations:
The therapeutic amount for chamomile as a tea is 9 – 15 grams per day.
Drinking chamomile tea is generally safe for most people. However, due to the nature of the compounds and chemicals found in chamomile, it is advised for pregnant women to avoid drinking chamomile tea. If in doubt, please always check with your medical practitioner.
People who are allergic to asters, chrysanthemums, ragweed, and other members of the Asteraceae daisy family should also avoid chamomile.
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 #melatquiescent so I can see it and like it!
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Published on November 26, 2017