“Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the liquid song of the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more.” ~Tasha Tudor
🌿This is my first year growing Chamomile, with the goal of being able to make Chamomile tea straight from the garden. Before doing so I had no idea that there were two major varieties, German and Roman, with the more upright German variety (Matricaria recutita) being touted as the best for tea. However, I was bummed to find out it is also an annual though I’m hoping that promises of it being such a great self-seeder that I might think it’s more like a perennial, are true.
🍵The TEA is in the flowers as the leaves tend to be more bitter. Though the store bought variety is exclusively made of dried flowers you can also make it from fresh picked flower heads just using twice as much—2 tablespoons dried, 3-4 tablespoons of fresh flowers, with a sprig of mint. I’m going to experiment with both. Saving a batch to dry as the flowers start to fade. Any tips on drying or storing it?
🌿Health benefits: Chamomile tea reduces stress, and helps you get a better night’s sleep when taken before bed. It is also touted as a great immune system booster, an anti-inflammatory, and a digestive aid. Add a bit of lemon and honey when you are fighting a cold!