Chamomile Drying Techniques
There are two types of chamomile: German and Roman. While both contain essential oils and antioxidants that help relax the body and perk us up when fatigued, German chamomile is the type most often grown for its medicinal purposes, as its oil is stronger.
As mentioned, chamomile preservation involves drying the flowers. There are four techniques to drying chamomile flowers. Drying is the oldest, as well as the easiest and safest, form of food preservation.
How to Dry Chamomile
Chamomile flowers are preserved by exposing them to warm, dry air. Harvest the open blossoms in the early morning just after the morning dew has dried when the essential oils are at their peak.
Sun dry chamomile. The easiest, most economical way to dry chamomile is in the open air. Sort through the flowers and remove any insects. Lay the blossoms out on a clean paper or mesh screen. Be sure to lay them out in a single layer so they dry quickly. Leave them outside on a hot, low humidity day or inside in a warm, dry, well-ventilated area. Although chamomile can be dried in the sun, this method is often discouraged since the sun causes the herbs to lose color and flavor.
Drying chamomile in dehydrator. The best way to dry your chamomile is with a food dehydrator. Pre-heat the unit to 95-115 F. (35-46 C.). Place the flowers in a single layer on the dehydrator trays. Depending on the temperature you use and the type of dehydrator, it may take between 1-4 hours to dry the flowers. Check the dehydrator every 30 minutes or so.
Using oven to dry chamomile. Chamomile can also be dried in the oven at its lowest temperature. If you have a gas oven, the pilot light will furnish enough heat for drying overnight. Again, lay the blossoms out in a single layer.
Microwave drying chamomile. Lastly, chamomile can be dried in the microwave. This is especially helpful when you only have a handful of blossoms to dry, which can happen as chamomile continues to bloom over the course of the summer. Lay the flowers on a paper towel and cover with another paper towel. Allow them dry anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave wattage, and check them every 30 seconds to see if they are dry.
No matter how you dry chamomile flowers, you’ve preserved them for use in tasty herbal tea whenever you need it. Store them in a sealed, airtight container in a cool, dark area. Also, be sure to label and date the herbs. Most dried herbs will keep for about a year.
Have you ever wondered how chamomile tea is made? As in, how it’s collected and processed? The entire process of gathering those little chamomile flowers from the field (or the pot!) and drying them is quite interesting. I use chamomile for inhalations whenever I get a cold and I always make my chamomile tea from scratch. Today I want to show you how to dry chamomile for tea on your very own as well.
Benefits Of Chamomile:
Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs in the world and it comes with many benefits (source):
- in many countries around the world, for over hundreds of years, chamomile’s been used to alleviate ailments like inflammation, muscle spasms, insomnia, ulcers, gastrointestinal disorders, and even hemorrhoids
- essential oils from chamomile are used in the cosmetic preparations and aromatherapy
- preparing a chamomile tea and inhaling the steam can also help relieve the symptoms of the common cold
- chamomile has also been shown in some studies to decrease blood pressure
Reasons to dry chamomile
The goal of drying your herbs and food, in general, is to remove the moisture from the plant, while preserving the nutrients. The antioxidants, the microelements, the flavor and the aroma – it all stays inside. You don’t want to dry your herbs just to prevent them from going bad, you want to maintain the nutrition and flavor of the fresh plant, even better – you want to condense it.
When drying your own herbs you get to control the ingredients and methods used and this leads to a better quality of the final product.
How To Dry Chamomile
The first step here is collecting your chamomile. Unlike other herbs, you’re not gonna look for the green parts of the flower (stems or leaves) – we’re going straight for the blossoms. Those contain the antioxidants, the beautiful calming aroma and are what makes the chamomile tea we know.
Ideally, you pick up only the blossoms, but if you get the stems – no big deal, you can remove them also after drying.
Wash the chamomile blossoms and dry well. Then spread out the blossoms, making sure each one has its own space to dry. You dry chamomile pretty much the same way you’d dry mint. For the drying process I use an old, but clean window screen. Any form of mesh that enables air circulation to allow proper and even drying can work. To save space you can DIY your own herb drying rack, as shown in this tutorial here.
Simply spread the chamomile flowers evenly, in a single layer over the net and keep in a dry, well-ventilated place with no direct sunlight.
How To Use For Tea
To make your own chamomile tea, use 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile per cup of boiling water and steep for 5-8 minutes.
HOW TO STORE DRIED chamomile
Once you’ve dried your chamomile, you can easily collect it in jar or an airtight container of your choice (I recommend glass or metal). Use your tea within one year and then do it again!
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.
German chamomile ready for harvest.
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.
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.
After the harvest. The more you pick, the more blossoms grow. I was able to pick another bowl full the next day!
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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Dried chamomile flowers have many uses and health benefits. They can be made into soothing teas, skin-relief creams, and added to recipes for their flavor. Maybe you just picked some chamomile flowers from your garden, or you came back from the farmer’s market with a fresh bunch. But many recipes for chamomile concoctions call for dried flowers, not fresh. Not to worry; there are a few ways you can dry it yourself at home! Once you’ve dried your chamomile, it’ll be ready for the project of your choice, whether that’s tea, cooking, medicine, cosmetics, decoration, or a nice aromatic bath.
The sun has been shining brightly on our little backyard garden and as a result, our plants are growing beautifully. All of our springtime planning and planting is paying off. Over the years we have made many different plans for growing a home garden and yet again our plans are bearing fruit. This is why I am happily sharing insights on how to harvest chamomile and how to dry chamomile flowers…we have a lot of chamomile flowers!
We made a plan to grow an herbal tea garden and the first of our tea crop is ready to be harvested…chamomile. I noticed the plant was covered in tiny white and yellow flowers, ready to be plucked. I called my daughters into the garden so that I could teach them how to harvest chamomile.
How to Grow Chamomile
Where to plant chamomile?
The first thing to know about growing chamomile is understanding where to plant chamomile in your garden. You will want to plant chamomile in a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden. They like the heat. Chamomile can be invasive…which is good if you have a patch of garden that you want to fill. If however, you would like to keep it under control, plant chamomile in a pot or in its own garden. Our chamomile has popped up in other garden beds…yep it can be quite invasive. Thankfully, it is easy to control. If chamomile pops up where you don’t want it, simply pull the young plant (before it flowers) and that’s it, the plant is gone.
What does a chamomile plant look like?
Chamomile is a beautifully feathery, tall plant. The leaves look similar to dill. In fact, you might think it is dill as it starts to grow. Once you see the stalks divide and the little flower heads appear, you know it isn’t dill.
The signature tiny daisy-like flower heads are the source of much of chamomile’s fragrance and flavour.
How long does chamomile take to grow? Chamomile is a fast grower. You will see the first shoots in late spring and within a few weeks it will be grown and ready to harvest.
When to Harvest Chamomile Flowers
The best time to harvest chamomile is a dry day. Harvesting wet flowers might lead to your flowers turning mouldy instead of actually drying nicely. You will know when to harvest chamomile when the flowers are ready to be harvested when the blooms are completely open. The white petals should be fully extended…if they are past this point, and the petals have begun to point downward, you can still harvest the flowers. By harvesting chamomile flowers at their peak point they will have the most essential oils in the flower head.
How to Harvest Chamomile Flowers
The first step in harvesting camomile is to gently pinch the stem of the plant, just below the flower head, with your left (or non-dominant) hand.
Next, place your forefinger and middle finger under the head of the camomile flower…between the flower head and your other pinched fingers. My daughter was most comfortable facing her hand downward. I preferred turning my palm up. Whichever way you are comfortable will work.
Gently pull and pop the flower head off. It is quite simple to do…they really do pop right off. In a few moments, you will have harvested all of the open chamomile flower clean flower heads. Be sure to leave behind any heads that have not come into bloom…these will be your next crop. By removing the blooming heads the chamomile plant will reward you with many, many more flowers.
What to do with chamomile flowers?
Now you have a pile of chamomile flowers and you’re probably wondering what to do with them. Well, there are plenty of things to do with chamomile flowers. We are planning on drying our chamomile to be used for making chamomile tea and to bake lemon chamomile shortbread cookies.
How to Dry Chamomile Flowers
Drying chamomile flowers is very simple to do. To dry the chamomile flowers, place the flower heads between two pieces of cheesecloth, or paper towel, in a dry spot. Make sure you have dusted off any dirt or sand…the flowers must be clean. The flowers will take about a week to dry, depending on the humidity in your home. Once the chamomile flowers are dry, store them in an air-tight jar until ready to use.
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What’s the key to preserving homegrown chamomile? Treat it with tender lovin’ care. Be kind to your chamomile blossoms, and they’ll reward you with warm, soothing cups of tea all year long!
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How to Dry Chamomile
freshly harvested chamomile flowers;
a sheet of baking parchment, a paper bag, or a clean piece of screen mesh; and
a dry, well-ventilated location away from direct sunlight
Open-Air Drying Chamomile
This is a super-simple, 3-step process:
Look through your harvest to be sure it’s free of dirt and little tag-a-long critters.
Spread your chamomile flowers evenly, in a single layer, on clean paper or screen mesh.
It should take anywhere from 3-4 days to a week for your chamomile to dry, depending on the size of the blossoms, their moisture content (has it rained lately?), and the level of humidity in your drying room.
Drying Chamomile in a Food Dehydrator
The beauty of drying chamomile in a food dehydrator is that it dries relatively quickly, thanks to the controlled temperature and constant air flow inside the machine.
How will you know when they’re done? Pick up a blossom and feel it. If it’s crinkly-crunchy, it’s fully dried. If it’s still flexible, give your chamomile more time in the dehydrator.
IMPORTANT: Use the lowest heat setting on your dehydrator. Please don’t be tempted to crank the temperature up to hasten the process. You want your chamomile to dry – not fry!
Don’t have a dehydrator (yet)? I bought this inexpensive model years ago, and it’s still going strong.
Oven Drying Chamomile
This is a risky venture because most ovens – mine included! – don’t have a low-enough temperature setting to do the job properly (85В°F / 29В°C). Too much heat cooks the blossoms. Not a good thing!
If you want to give it a try, here’s how:
Set your oven on it’s lowest-temperature setting.
Spread your fresh blossoms out evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Pop the baking sheet into the oven.
Leave the oven door slightly ajar to allow a little air flow.
Your chamomile should be dry in an hour or two.
Drying chamomile in a Microwave
Wondering if chamomile flowers are too delicate to handle a zap in the nuke-ro-wave? I wondered the same thing. So I gave it a go.
After a little trial and error, I discovered that these little babies are more resilient than they look!!
How to Microwave-Dry Your Chamomile:
Spread your freshly picked blossoms evenly on a clean paper towel.
Put them in the microwave, and cover with another clean paper towel.
Set the microwave to the lowest setting. For most microwaves, it’s the “Defrost” setting.
Depending on the size of the flower heads and the amount of moisture in them, it’ll take anywhere from 5 to 8 zaps for your chamomile to dry completely.
TIP: After zapping your blossoms 5 or 6 times, take them out of the microwave, and let them sit out at room temperature for a half hour. Then rub one of the larger blossoms between your fingers to check for dry-ness. When the thickest part of the flower (the yellow part) feels cool, dry, and crumbly, your chamomile is ready to go into a jar for storage.
Freezing Fresh Chamomile
Many “experts” claim that fresh chamomile gets all mushy and loses its flavor when it’s frozen. I respectfully disagree.
I freeze chamomile all the time with excellent results.
- Start with a handful of freshly harvested chamomile .
- Wrap the flower heads well in aluminum foil. Get as much air out of the foil packet as possible without squishing the flowers. Be sure to label the packet so you know what’s in it.
- Store the packet in a the coldest part of your freezer. Preferably in the way-back, so it isn’t exposed to warm air each time you open the freezer.
How To Store Your Chamomile
Dried chamomile keeps its flavor for up to a year if it’s stored in an air-tight glass jar or metal container, away from heat and humidity, and out of direct light.
Frozen chamomile keeps its flavor for about 6 months as long as it was well wrapped for freezing and hasn’t been thawed and re-frozen.
Last updated on May 30, 2017
Chamomile is one of my favorite plants to have in my garden every year; it’s easy to grow, and it’s delicious in tea! Today I’m going to show you how to harvest your chamomile, and share a simple homemade chamomile tea recipe you can make with the dried flowers!
When To Harvest Chamomile
Once chamomile flowers start to bloom, you can harvest them! You want to harvest during the day when the flowers are fully open, but make sure it’s late enough in the day that the morning dew has evaporated. If the plants are wet from dew, or if it recently rained, the flowers might mold as they are drying.
Harvest chamomile flowers as soon as the petals are full, and lay flat around the center of the flower. If the petals are still curled up around the center of the flower, it’s too early. And if the petals have started to droop down towards the stem of the plant, pick that flower right away! Ideally, you want to grab the flowers when the petals are perfectly flat and perpendicular to the stem; that’s when they have the most essential oils, which give them their flavor. But if you find a few petals have gone past flat, it’s still ok to pick them; they just won’t be quite as strongly flavored as the rest.
And if the petals haven’t completely filled out yet (i.e. you can still see spaces between each petal), leave that flower be for now. If you come back in a day or so the petals will have filled out. This flower below needs another day or two on the plant to fully bloom before harvesting.
How To Harvest Chamomile
The easiest way to harvest chamomile is by pinching off the flower heads, using your hand as a “rake”. Slide your hand underneath the chamomile flower, slipping the stem between two fingers. Then gently lift your hand until the flower head pops off the plant!
Once the flower comes off in your hand, turn it over and gently shake it or blow on it to remove any insects. Or wipe them away with your fingers if they’re really stubborn. Bugs like chamomile (just like humans do!) so make sure your flowers are bug free before you dry them!
As long as you didn’t spray pesticides on your plants as they were growing, you shouldn’t need to wash or rinse the flowers. In fact, you shouldn’t get them wet or you might wash away some of the pollen, and the flowers might mold as they dry!
How To Dry Chamomile
You can let your flowers air dry, or you can dry them in a dehydrator. We just bought a dehydrator this year (we bought the Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator FD-75A
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How to Make Chamomile Tea with Fresh Flowers – This recipe for homemade chamomile tea has hints of sweetness and apple that can only be found in a cup made with fresh flowers.
This season there has been a delightful new addition at my CSA- fresh chamomile flowers! I haven’t seen many people taking them, and since they make such delicious tea, I can only guess that people don’t know how to make chamomile tea with fresh flowers.
I had to do some reading and experimenting myself, but found that it’s quite easy to make. The reward is nothing like dried chamomile tea.
It’s sweeter, without the hint of bitterness that many dried teas have. It also has fruity, apple undertones that I’ve never tasted in chamomile before.
During my most recent visit to my CSA it was an unusually chilly day and it started pouring while I was picking flowers and herbs. Naturally I couldn’t help but make this cup of tea when I got home.
I enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t help sharing this recipe with you, and perhaps these flowers will have a place in my own garden next season!
So, whether you’re a passionate tea drinker or just want to try something new, if you have the opportunity, fresh chamomile tea is worth a try!
Growing chamomile flowers at home
This summer I accidentally grew some chamomile in my garden, and chamomile flowers have been a bit of a theme on my blog for the last couple of months. But it has just occurred to me that I haven’t yet discussed drying this herb.
Chamomile flower with bug
First pick the flowers
These flowers grew really easily from seed! I picked each flower when the yellow centre had developed a good dome shape. I collected as little stem and foliage as possible, because I noticed that this part of the chamomile plant had very little fragrance.
Tip – I noticed that if I waited too long before picking, leaving the white petals to discolour or fall off, the useful yellow part would just disintegrate.
Harvested chamomile heads laid out on a tray ready to dry
Lay the chamomile out to dry
I laid the flowers out in a single layer on a tray to dry, and put them in my airing cupboard for a week or so (if you don’t have an airing cupboard, try these suggestions).
Drying chamomile in my airing cupboard. Also visible are roses, marigold petals and sweet herb leaves.
I harvested the blooms over a period of about six weeks, and when the herb had finished flowering, I pulled the plants up to make way for other crops.
Using the dried flowers
I have been using my homemade dried chamomile as tea, using a heaped dessertspoon for a large mug, and steeping for about 5 mins.
Other uses might be:- in a bag as a soothing alternative to lavender, or sprinkled in a warm bath for a relaxing aromatherapy treat.
Or try using the chamomile flowers as a hair rinse.
Related links – More drinks: try lavender tea or lavender hot chocolate
– Buy dried chamomile flowers (commercially produced for aromatherapy but not tea)
Mami, me duele el estomagito. Relájate mientras te traigo una tasita de manzanilla, vale?
Chamomile… manzanilla. An herb I grew up with without ever knowing it’s English name until college.
Growing up, whenever I had an upset stomach or my mami wanted me to relax and calm down after a hard cry, she’d always make me a cup of warm chamomile tea.
She told me it would help me to feel and sleep better.
Where did she learn this from? Her own mother.
The use of dried chamomile flowers dates back centuries. Its popularity grew during the Middle Ages as people started to use it medicinally for a variety of ailments.
Today, it’s mostly used in teas throughout Europe and the United States as research has proven chamomile to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic and sedative properties.
The plant’s healing properties come from its daisy like flowers, which contain volatile oils as well as flavonoids and other therapeutic substances.
Specifically Chamomile can be used to…
- relieve upset stomach
- promote relaxation
- relieve stress
- as a salve, for wounds
- as a vapor to to alleviate cold symptoms or asthma
- treat eye inflammation and infection.
- relieve teething problems, and colic in children
- relieve allergies
- aid in digestion when taken as a tea after meals
- reduce menstrual cramps
- relieve morning sickness during pregnancy
- speed healing of skin ulcers, wounds, or burns
- treat gastritis and ulcerative colitis
- be used as a wash or compress for skin problems and inflammations
- Treat diverticular disease, irritable bowel problems and various gastrointestinal complaints
- soothe skin rashes (including eczema), minor burns and sunburn
- heal mouth sores and prevent gum disease. A chamomile mouthwash may help soothe mouth inflammations and keep gums healthy
I’ve had first hand experience using chamomile for it’s medicinal properties, including using moistened tea bags to heal my son’s pink eye.
Not only is chamomile excellent to heal and promote wellness, but also for its culinary uses.
I’ve used it to infuse honey, make jam, ice-cream, panna cotta and refreshing iced tea. I can’t wait to share some of these recipes soon as chamomile can create flavors that are gentle, rich, silky and smooth.
I’m completely enamored with chamomile and an added benefit is that it’s so easy to grow at home.
There are mainly two varieties of chamomile. German and Roman.
Both contain essential oils and anti-oxidants that help the body relax and recover from physical fatigue.
However, German chamomile is most often grown for its medicinal purposes as its oil is stronger.
Chamomile grows best in a sunny location. Chamomile will self propogate itself year after year as it drops its tiny seeds.
Choose a location where you don’t mind it taking off or plant in a container.
Drying Fresh Chamomile/Manzanilla
Drying fresh chamomile is a breeze and can be done in one of two ways.
1. Pick the flower heads
As your plants grow, you can pick the flower heads by running your fingers through the plants taking the flowers as you sweep across. Of course, you can pick them one by one as well.
Sift through your flower heads ensuring you rid of any bugs and place in a pan, uncovered, in a cool location to dry.
Once the flowers are dry, save in a sealed container, such as a mason jar, free of moisture and store in a cool location.
2. Pick Bouquets
This is my favorite way to dry herbs, especially chamomile. I pick bouquets and hang them upside down in a cool location to dry.
It’s aesthetically pleasing and the scent it leaves while drying is unbelievable.
I had the batch above drying in my basement. Every time my son would go downstairs to play he would yell from below, “Mama, it smells beautiful down here.”
It really does leave a lovely scent.
Once the flowers are dry, snip the flower heads and save in a sealed container, such as a mason jar, free of moisture and store in a cool location.
If kept in a cool and dry location, your preserved chamomile will keep for a year.
Do you grow or preserve herbs? Tell me, what is your favorite herb to use medicinally or for culinary uses?
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Usually, people pick just the flowers.
And that is a waste of good herb: the stems of chamomile (Matricaria recutita) are perfectly useful, if weaker than the yellow flower.
It’s easiest to just pull up a bunch of whole plants, roots and all – they’re annuals which lean on one another, and their taproots are really pretty small.
Pic: Drying chamomile. Discard any flowers and stems with aphids, pick off snails, discard flowers with spiders, and check for other infestations.
If your plants are in full flower they’re about ½ m tall (perhaps 1.5′). The lower half is mostly yellow leaf, if your bunch was pulled up in a lushly growing spot. Break the stems one by one where the leaf turns green, and spread the top bits on a bit of old bedsheet laid on top of a thick layer of newspapers.
Let dry in a shady airy spot for 7-10 days.
You can’t dry chamomile in bundles hanging down; the yellow part of the flowers is the strongest part of chamomile, and the yellow bits fall off as the flowers dry.
You can’t dry chamomile in a dehydrator, either, as those flowers are small enough to fall through the mesh of the dehydrator trays.
The usual test of dry herb, “stems break, they don’t bend”, doesn’t work with chamomile, as the stems are brittle and break when fresh, too. Wait for the leaf to crumble. When that happens, use scissors and cut your herb into 2-3 cm bits (about 1″) and put the lot into tight glass jars, to be kept in a dark cupboard until use. And remember to label the jar: “Chamomile, July 2005, Helsinki”. Not because you would forget that this is chamomile (nothing else looks like dried chamomile), but because you would forget the date and place if you didn’t label things. BTDTGTT .
Your dried chamomile should be green, bright yellow and shiny white, not the greyish yellow mess you get when you buy chamomile in the health food store.
A few years ago, I did some research about the benefits of chamomile and since then I have always had this herb in my kitchen.
Despite being a sweet-smelling plant, chamomile is a strong healing plant that can help you get through many bad nights.
My experience in growing chamomile has been especially valuable. This was the first herb I grew for its flowers, so I had to do things a bit differently, especially when it was time for harvesting.
Things were somewhat tricky at first because my initial estimation of the yield was completely wrong, but with a little bit of practice, I could grow an adequate amount of chamomile flowers every time.
Broadly speaking, harvesting chamomile is very simple, and I’m going to discuss in this article all aspects of this process.
The Best Time to Harvest Chamomile
Knowing when to harvest your chamomile is the most important principle in this activity because you need to obtain the most flavorful flowers to enjoy chamomile’s real benefits and taste.
Chamomile’s oil composition differs during different stages of its development. For example, if you harvest chamomile too early, you would most likely get bland flowers that have a very low amount of essential oil, which don’t have the benefits of fully grown chamomile.
In the same manner, overly grown chamomile flowers are dried up and withered, which means they’re decomposing and no longer have the same amount of oil as before.
Ideally, you want to harvest chamomile when the whole bud has bloomed and the petals have taken their straight position. Petals should also grow wide enough to fill all the gaps between each other.
When you find that some of your chamomile flowers have bloomed while others still haven’t, give your plants a few more days, and most of the buds will blossom.
In case the petals start to curl backward, it means you’re running out of time, and you should harvest your chamomile before it’s too late!
Picking chamomile should be done in the middle of the day. In the early morning or late in the evening, moisture (dew) would be covering your flowers, which makes them vulnerable to mold.
Once your chamomile plant is fully established, you can expect to harvest it every two weeks during its growing season.
If you’re growing the plant indoors, you can harvest it year-round as long as you’re serving its needs and regulating its growing conditions properly.
How to Harvest Chamomile
Harvesting chamomile is so easy and can be done in several ways. Traditional pinching by hand is one way of doing it, but there’s a more effective way.
Simply put a group of flowers between two of your fingers, as if you’re using your hand like a rake, and gently pull them off. This minimizes the time it takes for you to harvest the whole plant.
Also, that way you don’t create undesirable cuts in the stem, which may make the plant more vulnerable to diseases.
You can also take off part of the stem with the flowers, which keeps your harvest from falling apart easily. In this case, you should use sharp pruning scissors.
When you harvest your chamomile, inspect the flowers for bugs, and if you find any, shake the flowers gently to get rid of them.
Don’t rinse your harvested flowers. If you want to wash them, you should do that before harvesting by simply rinsing the plant one day before you pluck them off.
The amount of chamomile you’ll have after harvesting largely depends on the species you’re growing.
German chamomile is known to produce the greatest number of flowers during its growing season. On the other hand, Roman chamomile is a slow-growing plant that produces fewer flowers than German chamomile.
That’s why in commercial gardening German chamomile is usually cultivated because of its high productivity.
What to do with Your Harvested Chamomile?
Some of my friends like to prepare their tea from fresh chamomile flowers and mashed apples. Honestly, I am not a fan of apples in tea, so that’s why I prepare my tea from fresh chamomile only.
If your chamomile plants are well grown, after each harvest, you’ll end up with a great number of flowers that you can’t consume in one day. That’s why proper storage is important.
You can keep a certain quantity of your chamomile flowers aside for fresh usage as long as their storage allows you to.
The best way to store fresh herbs is in the fridge. Use a paper towel or Ziploc® bag to contain the flowers and then refrigerate them immediately.
The flowers would start to wilt after a few days, so you should hurry in consuming them.
Another effective way of storing fresh chamomile, which only works with flowers that have part of the stem attached to them, is by immersing them in a glass of water and storing them in the fridge.
Drying is the most popular way of storing chamomile because it doesn’t lose its flavor in the process.
Drying chamomile is an effortless but delicate activity. After all, you don’t want to end up with rotten flowers or tasteless ones.
For that reason, you should follow the tips below. These will enable you to increase chamomile’s shelf life and conserve its oil components.
- Block the Sun
Don’t allow the sun to take its toll on your chamomile flowers. Sunlight can discolor your flowers and reduce their oil composition.
You need to choose a room where direct or even indirect sunlight can’t reach.
- Warm Things Up
Lack of sunlight, however, doesn’t mean lack of warmth. Chamomile flowers need a relatively high temperature to dry properly.
A temperature in the range of 81° to 86°F (around 27° to 30°C) is ideal in this process. People usually use the attic for this reason, but you can choose any other space if the temperature is warm enough.
You also don’t want the temperature much hotter than 88°F (approximately 31°C) because that might ruin the whole yield.
- Low Humidity and Proper Air Circulation
High humidity is the number one enemy of drying herbs. Moisture stimulates fungal growth, particularly mold, to reveal and spread itself.
To prevent your chamomile from catching mold, you need to choose a low-humidity room. If you live in a climate where humidity is often high, you should use a dehumidifier in the space where your flowers are drying.
On the other hand, you also need to make sure the air is circulating properly around your chamomile flowers, which will also prevent moisture from building up in the atmosphere.
If the room isn’t well ventilated, set up a fan on low speed near your flowers.
- Cleanliness Comes First
The area your chamomile flowers are sitting in should be clean to not only prevent mold from spreading but also to make sure they’re still edible at the end of the day.
If you let dust accumulate in your chamomile’s space, it might contamination part of or the whole yield. Don’t underestimate dust. It can be brimming with harmful chemicals.
Make sure to clean the room regularly to prevent dust from surrounding your chamomile. Also, make sure there isn’t a lot of activity going on near your chamomile’s drying space.
Enjoy growing and harvesting your chamomile, and don’t forget to share your questions and thoughts in the comments below!
Chamomile has long been treasured for its medicinal qualities. * It is known primarily
for its calming, healing and soothing properties.
There are two main types of chamomile: Roman and German. Roman, aka English chamomile, is a perennial creeping ground cover with dainty daisy-like flowers. German chamomile is a re-seeding annual. It grows upright and can reach heights up to 2 feet. Otherwise, the two varieties are very similar in terms of how they are used.
Growing Tips & Facts:
Chamomile is easy to grow from seed, cuttings or by dividing established plants. This fuss-free, forgiving plant enjoys partial shade over full sun. It also prefers dry soil, which means it is drought tolerant.
Its natural beauty makes chamomile a wonderful addition to any garden. It is also a great companion plant because it is a natural deterrent to many pests. Plants weakened by lack of water are more susceptible to pests, however.
Tips for Using & Storing Chamomile
Chamomile is commonly used to make herbal tea, essential oils and tinctures.
Chamomile tea can be made with either fresh or dried flowers. For best results, harvest chamomile flowers when the plant is totally dry. Evening is the best time, or wait until the morning dew has completely evaporated. Otherwise, mold may form during the drying process.
To harvest, either pluck the individual flower heads from the plants with your fingers or cut full stems from your plants. Allow individual flowers to dry completely on a baking sheet or some cheesecloth. Hang stems upside down in an area with good air circulation.
Once dry, remove the flower petals and discard the leaves and stems before using. Store in an airtight container away from sunlight for future use.
*This information is for entertainment purposes only. It should not be construed as medical advice.
Published: Jan 6, 2021 · Modified: Feb 26, 2022 by Helene Dsouza
Total Time: 8 minutes
Here you will learn everything you need to know to make chamomile tea.
📕 What is Chamomile?
Chamomile is a daisy-like flower, with white petals and a yellow procuring core.
The proper chamomile is called German chamomile or also the real chamomile.
This is because some other varieties are frequently confused with the real chamomile and the “fake” ones are sometimes sold as the real ones.
The plants grow in central and east Europe in gardens and in the wild on the fields.
The fresh flower buds are harvested from June to August and are then dried to use as a tea herbal infusion.
🌼 What is Chamomile Tea good for?
My grandmother used to make chamomile tea after dinner.
It helps in your digestion and with sleep.
Chamomile tea is known to relax and folks tend to drink it after food, before sleepy time.
So, you can prepare chamomile tea to help you find sleep BUT you will need to go pee as well, so know that. It might not be the best thing just before bed.
I like to drink chamomile after a long day or when I’m stressed out and anxious. It helps me to come down a bit.
🔪 How to make the tea?
We make tea with loose whole dried flower buds.
If you want to know how you can dry your fresh flower buds, then read up my guide on how to dry herbs. The process is the same.
Once you have your dried chamomile buds ready, you can choose to prepare your tea in two different ways.
Option 1 – Tea Bags/Infuser
Boil your water.
Grab an empty new tea bag or ball infuser that you can fill, and fill it with the flower buds.
Pour water into your cup and infuse hot water with the tea bag/infuser.
Steep for about 5 minutes and take out the bag with the flowers.
Enjoy a hot tea with or without sweetener.
Tip: The tea bag might filter better compared to the infuser because chamomile has tiny little yellow flower pieces.
Option 2 – Cook & Strain
Bring a small cooking pot to boil with water.
Add the dried flower buds to the cooking water.
Turn down the heat and allow the flower buds to steep for 5 minutes.
Strain the hot tea and pour strained infused herbal tea into a cup.
🥣 Flavor and Recipe Variations
You can sweeten your chamomile tea with sugar, honey and even stevia.
The stevia leaves can be added to your flowers.
Besides you can mix up things and create new flavor combinations.
Add any of the following to your flower buds:
- green or black tea – but it won’t be caffeine-free anymore
- anise seeds
- lemon juice – can be added to the tea in the cup
You are not bound to hot tee! You can choose to prepare iced tea too. For that, simply allow your cooked infused tea to cool and serve with ice cubes.
Yes you can. A tea a day can do you good.
Like any other herbal tea, you will experience that you will need to run to the toilet.
I love milk tea but I don’t think that adding milk to this herbal tea can be a good idea. I recommend drinking chamomile tea without milk.
I love non-milk teas of all kinds. Apart from green tea, that everyone is supposed to love for health reasons, if there’s another herbal tea close to my heart it’s Chamomile. Though i really like the chamomile-honey blend from the shelves, nothing comes even close to a cup of fresh tea brewed from flowers grown in your own garden..
I remember me and my dad having a cup each at midnight while being engrossed in our desktops.. ( i must admit that i get scared very easily yet i thought nothing of going at 1am to pluck some flowers from the garden)
On trips to hill stations, i love exploring the little shops that store boxes & bags of flavored teas, looking for something fruity and floral and fun. For the same reason, i love the brand FabIndia for their tea blends.. recently i picked up mango vanilla( to be honest i liked the sound of it) which i really liked though everyone around me hated it( my husband and my best friend whom i forced to drink)
I had a few leftover seeds from the first batch(that my grandfather got me from Palampur)but they never germinated again.. so this year i picked up a fresh packet of German chamomile from Omaxe seeds which turned out to be a great pick.. Excellent germination and great flavor..
Chamomile has some amazing health benefits. Apart from always being successful at putting me to sleep when i am struggling with insomnia, it has also helped with soothe an irritated stomach and inflamed skin.. no wonder it has become one of my favorite herbs.
Making fresh Chamomile Tea is simple & quick.
Boil some water, switch off the flame, drop a few flowers and let them steep for a few minutes till the water turns golden.. Strain and enjoy!!
Since i like the natural sweetness i do not add honey but you can if you feel so.
You can also mix the flavor with green or mint tea.
Chamomile also offers some skin benefits.
Boil the flowers with water and let steep for a few hours.. Add any complementing essential oil if you wish to and refrigerate in a spray bottle. Use this as a floral toner or mix in face packs. It is great for soothing inflamed skin.
How to Dry and Store Chamomile flowers from your garden.
- Stop admiring flowers and pluck them gently with fingers
- Toss into a mesh basket and run under water
- Keep to dry in the same or any container of your choice(i kept indoors and it was fine)
- Try to keep them spread in a thin layer for faster drying
- Admire the beauty and take pictures everyday
- Collect after a few days and store in a pretty jar
- Keep admiring the jar and do not use for the fear of finishing them
- Make some tea and enjoy
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The main secret to growing chamomile was as easy as this: quit planting the seed. Seriously. Just toss it on the ground. Apparently it needed sunlight to germinate and I was covering it with dirt and depriving it of the main thing it needs. Once I figured this out I just tilled some compost into the ground, raked it smooth and tossed some seed out.
Give the seed a nice soaking with the watering can and let it go. It germinates like crazy. I had dozens of plants the first year I planted the chamomile seed this way! In fact, chamomile quickly became one of the 9 Herbs That Tried To Take Over My Garden!
Chamomile likes the sun so a mostly sunny area suits it best. I like to thin the plants out a bit leaving about 6″ between them. I get so many growing that self seeded the year before that when I thin them out, I give a lot of plants away! Seriously, this stuff will overtake your garden!
Sadly German chamomile does not do very well in pots, unless they’re really big pots since it tends to get top heavy.
Chamomile flowers have a yellow cone like center set amid delicate white daisy like petals. The flowers start with the petals folded over the center. The petals open outwards and the flowers are ready to be harvested when the petals start to fold back slightly from the center.
To harvest chamomile, pick the flowers after the morning dew has dried off. I like to harvest them before noon. I simply pinch off the flower heads but you can cut them with scissors. Try to get as little stem as possible.
Once chamomile flowers start blooming, they will keep flowering for several weeks to about 2 months. They tend to die out as the plants dry up when the heat of summer hits. You can probably harvest twice a week while they’re flowering and each plant produces lots of little flowers!
I wrote about how to succession plant a flower bed and I often plant chamomile in my lily or tulip beds to get more than one use from the area each year. The chamomile dies out right as the lily’s are getting ready to bloom. or the tulips die before the chamomile gets big enough to hide them.
To dry chamomile for storage, you can spread it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set it in a dry area like the top of the refrigerator. Your chamomile should be dry in a week or two.
Since chamomile seems to flower a lot at one time, I like to hurry things along by using a dehydrator. I spread the flowers out on the dehydrator sheets and set it as low as possible. After about 2 hours I start checking every hour.
When a flower head crumbles easily between your fingers, they’re done! Store in an airtight jar in a cool dark place. I talk more about proper herb storage in How To Store Dried Herbs.
I use chamomile mainly for its calming properties and use it often in teas and herbal salves or lotions. It’s one of the main ingredients in my herbal sleep tea recipe. I also like to use it to flavor different foods and drinks.
Meghan over at The Organic Goat Lady has a great recipe for Chamomile Kombucha which is a delicious way to use up some of the chamomile that’s bound to take over your garden and pantry! Or use some in a Chamomile and almond cake! (drool!)
Now here’s a funny little trick that might work for you: you can grow chamomile plants from a tea bag. Yes, you read that right! Chamomile tea is simply dried chamomile flowers. As long as they’re fairly fresh, you should be able to open a tea bag and plant the chamomile inside.
Just follow the sowing instructions above and wait for your chamomile to sprout! Happy growing!
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I happened to purchase some flowers from a local grocery store and noticed they were “chamomile!” I love chamomile tea, so when they finally past their prime in the vase, I wondered if I could harvest the still beautifully smelling flowers for tea!
The Internet said I absolutely could! Simple pull or trim off the flowers. If they are not all the way dried yet, lay them in the sun for a day! If you want to speed it up, use the oven. Set the oven on its lowest temperature. Spread the flowers out on a cookie sheet, and place in oven for several hours.
I also read you can dry them in a microwave. You can put the flowers on a paper towel and cover with another paper towel. Allow them dry anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave wattage, and check them every 30 seconds to see if they are dry.
When you have totally dry flowers, put them in an airtight container until you’re ready to enjoy them as tea! You can purchase reusable tea bags here or simply do what I do and use a metal loose-leaf tea holder that creates zero-waste! After you enjoy your tea, compost it so you can someday add to your future tea garden!
Today I’m thrilled to welcome a fellow Montana blogger and guest poster, Kathie at Homespun Seasonal Living. Kathie also teaches a Fiercely D.I.Y. e-course which you can read more about at the bottom of this post.
Chamomile, either wild or domesticated, has some amazing healing and skin softening properties making it excellent not only for its calming effect when drunk as a tea but also as a great herb to have on hand for external application in body products and healing salves. When used externally chamomile is supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties making it an ideal way to treat puffy eyes, swollen skin, and more. The skin softening properties make it an ideal addition to soaps, lotions, body butters, etc.
Dehydrating Chamomile Flowers
Simply snip the flower heads and let them dry on trays until crispy and dry. Alternatively hang bunches in dark place until crispy and dry. Store the dehydrated flower buds (not the stems or leaves) in an airtight container until ready to use. These dried flowers can be used for tea or body product making, so don’t be shy in drying lots of it for winter use.
Make Chamomile Infused Oil
To have chamomile ready for inclusion in body butter, lotions, salves, etc. make an infused oil first. Fill a jar half full of the dried flower buds, fill the jar to ½” of the top with an oil of your choice (olive, almond, etc.). Place a lid on the jar and put it in a sunny window to infuse for 1 month. At the end of the month, strain the flowers from the oil and bottle the liquid. Use this oil to make a skin softening body butter instead of plain oil.
Cool Compresses for Swollen Eyes
For those times when eyes are a little swollen from lack of sleep or other ailments, make a strong tea from the dried chamomile – 2 Tablespoons of dried flowers to 8 ounces of boiling water. Let that steep, covered, for 10 minutes before straining and allowing to cool completely. Pour the cooled tea over a cotton rag and ring it out so that it’s just damp not dripping. Place this rag over closed, swollen eyes and rest for about 10 minutes to allow the soothing and anti-inflammatory properties go to work.
Making body products from all natural ingredients is one of the many ways to build a courageous home and live fiercely D.I.Y. Homemade body products is one of the weekly projects in this summer’s Fiercely D.I.Y. e-course being offered by Homespun Seasonal Living. The E-course is designed to inspire and encourage you to live a life by own your hands, on your own terms, and in your own pace. You can learn more, download a sampler, and register for the course over at Homespun Seasonal Living.
About Kathie N. Lapcevic
Kathie is a freelance writer, teacher, and blogger living in northwest Montana with her soulmate Jeff. She lives a fiercely D.I.Y. lifestyle in harmony with the natural rhythms of nature. You can follow her blog at Homespun Seasonal Living.
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The Chamomile flower is a gentle floral herb that has a variety of benefits for the skin and body. It naturally contains vitamins and nutrients that help soothe and repair the skin. It can also help calm and relax muscles.
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Chamomile flowers have been around for centuries, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt, where Chamomile was given as an offering to the gods. Chamomile has been utilized extensively in Europe as a panacea for body troubles and digestive health. Common preparations they made were teas, baths and compresses. Germans refer to this herb as alles zutraut meaning ‘capable of anything.’
Dried Chamomile Flowers have a light pleasant fragrance, they are a yellow and brown color.
Today Chamomile Flowers are best known for use in teas for calming purposes. They are also great for soothing the skin so can be used in lotions and balms. Their pleasant aroma make them nice for use in sachets to put around the house. They can also be used as decoration or confetti in natural themed parties or weddings and in other such craft projects.
Chamomile Flowers Benefits
- Contains vitamins and nutrients that help soothe the skin
- Helps muscles to relax
- Stimulates tissue and collagen production
- High in antioxidants
- Natural calming aroma
- Infuse into oils for added benefits and use this oil in balms, salves, creams and more
- Use as a natural exfoliant in face masks and scrubs
- Add to a bath for a spa like experience
- See more recipes for this beneficial flower in our free DIY Skin Care Recipes ebook.
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Also to know is, how do you pick chamomile tea?
Harvest Chamomile at Peak for the Best Flavor Flower heads are ready to gather when the petals are flat or begin to fall back from the center. Gather the flowers on a sunny day after the morning dew has dried. Harvest blossoms by snipping them off when they are fully open.
Beside above, what part of chamomile is used for tea? 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.
In respect to this, how do you harvest chamomile seeds?
Select the flowers that are nearly open. Pinch the stalk just below the flower head and pop off the bloom. Collect them in a tightly woven basket. The flowers that are done blooming give you an opportunity to collect seeds or allow the plants to self-seed next year’s patch.
How long does dried chamomile last?
Dried chamomile keeps its flavor for up to a year if it’s stored in an air-tight glass or metal container, away from heat and humidity, and out of direct light. Frozen chamomile keeps its flavor for about 6 months as long as it was well wrapped for freezing and hasn’t been thawed and re-frozen.
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The Real Chamomile (Matricaria Charmomilla) comes from the Composite family and is found in Europe, West Asia, India and North Africa. Chamomile (Matricaria Charmomilla) is one of the most popular and oldest medicinal plants. The chamomile promotes healing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps with gastrointestinal complaints.
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Chamomile is considered anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic and has calming effects. Chamomile has a positive effect, especially on the intestinal tract.
Chamomile can be used for: skin infections, stomach complaints, wounds that heal poorly, cystitis, listlessness, colds, rheumatism, gout, hay fever, allergy, diarrhea, vomiting and stress.
It is important to keep herbs in a dark, dry and well-ventilated place. Moisture is bad for the quality of herbs. If moisture gets to herbs, they can mold. That is why our herbs are never packed in plastic and only in paper.
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The herb mixtures of the Rodent Grocery ® contain only the 1st class quality Leaves, stems and flowers. Carefully packaged in special paper (food) packaging. Directly from the grocer, so no between suppliers. The latter guarantees optimal freshness of the herbs. With us, the herbs are stored in a special dark room.
We have consciously chosen paper to not only support the freshness of the herbs, but also that of the environment. In addition, the paper bag protects better from light and allows the herbs to breathe. A suffocating plastic bag does not benefit the quality of the herbs.
Picking place for the herbs
The picking location of the herbs is very important. Herbs should not be picked from a contaminated place. So not next to the road or around industrial areas. Our herbs are all picked in nature reserves.
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Only the most beautiful plant may be picked. Plants with spots, bugs or insects are not picked. A plant must be healthy and clean to be eligible for the rodents.
Weather conditions play a major role in the picking of herbs. The weather should be dry and preferably sunny and windless. These are the best conditions for picking herbs. It depends on the plant at what time of the day they can be picked. Our grocer is aware of this and knows exactly what time to choose for which plant. In summer, the plants should be picked in the morning (because of the heat), before they wither due to the sun and the volatiles evaporate. So early in the morning only after the dew evaporates.
Picking herbs after a rainy day is also not allowed. The herbs are then very difficult to dry and can mold and rot more quickly.
In order to preserve as many active ingredients as possible, it is important to keep an eye on the times of the harvest. Our grocer does this very carefully.
Branches : Our branches are usually cut back in the winter, when there are no more leaves hanging from them and the nutrients are well preserved within the branch.
Bark : Best harvested in early spring. Just before the flowering period, the sap flows freely through the twigs and branches.
Leaves : These are best picked after buds appear at the beginning of the flowering period. This is the time when leaves are high in juices. Too early makes the leaves too wet and picking too late makes them poor in active ingredients.
Flowers : These are best picked at the beginning of the flowering period. Just before they open, but before they fully open. The timing has to be perfect! Our roses are therefore harvested as buds.
Fruits : Our fruits are harvested just before ripeness. Now is the perfect time.
Harvesting in a respectful way
We think it is important that our herbs are harvested in a way that is respectful to nature. This means that nature is not trampled on, the animals that live within this nature are not bothered and the harvesting places are not thinned out. Harvest places must be able to rest. We also take into account protected plant species, they must not be affected.
We support the butterfly and bee population through the way of sowing and harvesting.
A dried herb can be used all year round. Once all moisture has evaporated, there is no longer any chance of mold and rotting. This is also the reason why we advise not to package the herbs in plastic. At high humidity, moisture can get into the plastic and thus cause mold and rotting. Bacteria have free rein when the environment is moist. A properly dried herb normally contains no more than 10% moisture.
Before our herbs are dried, they are cleaned. That is to say, cleared of soil, soil, moss and excess plant parts. This happens immediately after harvesting the plant. Then the drying process can begin.
The flowers must be dried in the dark, while roots dry better in the open air. Each plant part has its own preference for a drying process. We take this into account so that we can guarantee the best quality.
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Chamomile is a potent herb with wonderful healing benefits. Learn 10 amazing things to do with chamomile from a sleep-aid to a DIY eye treatment.
A wild patch of chamomile lined the driveway of my childhood home. I remember picking the flowers, mashing them between my little hands, opening my palms, and inhaling the sweet apple-like scent of fresh chamomile.
I didn’t know squat about chamomile as a kid, and yet somehow, instinctively, I was accessing it’s healing power.
Smart cookie I was, and wouldn’t you know, I was calm and anxious free.
Chamomile has been used since ancient times for it’s calming properties, but also boosts many other healing properties.
While visiting a friend a few weeks ago I noticed her incredible garden filled with gorgeous chamomile. She so kindly sent me home with a big bunch. I was in bliss and decided to find out all the different ways I could use my loot. Let the research begin! Here I have compiled my top 10 list of amazing things you can do with chamomile; from puffy eye relief to a soothing sunburn spray.
Read on friends, comment below which one of these 10 you are going to run out and try!
Calming Sleep Aid
A warm cup of chamomile tea at bedtime can do wonders for your evening wind down routine since chamomile is known for its calming effect on the nervous system. Additionally, a warm liquid before bed can make you sleepy by raising body temperature.
Natural Digestive Relief
My mom used to put diluted chamomile tea in our bottles as babies to help relieve digestive upset. As it turns out, this works great for grown-ups too (minus the bottle of course). Chamomile’s active constituent, bisabolol, has anti-inflammatory properties and relaxes the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract. Drink chamomile tea after meals to relieve belly aches. Be sure to cover the tea while brewing, as many of the active compounds are lost in the steam.
Cooling Eye Treatment
Chamomile contains natural circulation boosters which can help reduce dark under-eye circles. It can also help calm puffy, tired, or irritated eyes. Simply use previously brewed and chilled chamomile tea bags as cool compresses on your eyes.
Soothing Mouth Rinse
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe mouth ulcers, canker sores, or irritated gums. Brew a cup of chamomile tea, cool, and rinse your mouth with it. Simple.
Rough Skin Treatment
Chamomile is a natural moisturizer and delivers antioxidants deep into the skin where they can help repair and prevent free radical damage. I used my fresh chamomile buds to make this homemade rough skin treatment and holy cow I love it! (note: If you don’t happen to have fresh chamomile growing in your back yard you can order some here)
Natural Hair Lightener
Chamomile is one of the top ingredients used in hair care for brightening blond locks! As a matter of fact, my favorite shampoo is chamomile-based. You can enjoy the benefits of chamomile without seeking out specific products by simply saving the chamomile tea bag the next time you make a cup. After shampooing, rewet the tea bag and squeeze it through your hair, wait a bit, then rinse and condition as usual. I typically will squeeze the chamomile through my hair several times. I’ve also brewed a strong cup of chamomile tea, allowed it cool, and poured it over my head after shampooing (this was when I really needed a quick blond fix!) It’s a great treatment in between salon appointments!
Teething Tincture for Babies
This is such a great gift idea for any new Mom in your life! Due to both, its calmative effect and its ability to reduce pain, chamomile happens to be a fantastic natural remedy for teething babies. I found this recipe for a homemade chamomile tincture on one of my favorite websites, Wellness Mama, check it out here.
Sun Burn Cooling Spray
I have had my fair share of awful sunburns in my life. I have always used fresh aloe to soothe the pain of the sunburn but it turns out that adding chamomile to aloe makes a fantastic sunburn spray. Grab the full recipe here for Chamomile Power Mist.
Acne Scar Treatment
Chamomile has been used for centuries to reduce skin inflammation and improve wound healing. To help reduce the appearance of scarring from acne use a chamomile tea compress. It is best to use dried chamomile flowers rather than chamomile tea bags for this application, you can purchase some here. Pour 8 oz of boiling water over 1 tbsp dried chamomile flowers, steep covered for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Soak a washcloth in the tea and place over acne scars (be sure your face is freshly washed). Leave for 10-15 minutes.
Anti-Itch Cream for Bug Bites
Yes, my friends one more amazing thing to do with chamomile! I am a country girl at heart and love spending time outdoors, but hate itchy bug bites. Ugh, the worst. Chamomile to the rescue!! Chamomile can calm the annoying itchy bug bites due to the anti-inflammatory properties, and its ability to neutralize allergies and regenerate skin. I found this groovy recipe for an all-natural homemade anti-itch cream. I also thought freezing chamomile tea in ice cube trays and putting a cube directly on the bug bite would work? It’s just a theory… someone gives it a try and let me know.
Whew. That’s quite a list! Now the only thing left to do is acquire a hefty bunch of chamomile and get to work! This is my favorite source for dried organic chamomile flowers unless you grow them in your own garden – then please send some along to me 🙂
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Chamomile flower heads. Chamomile flowers have a subtle apple-like fragrance, natural and relaxing. Use chamomile as an alternative to lavender, for example in sleep pillows and sachets. Matricaria recutita (syn. M. chamomilla), known as German or blue chamomile. Sourced and packed by us at Daisy Gifts Ltd. It is 100% natural – just dried flowers with nothing added. Not for culinary use .
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Chamomile was used thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, where it was honored for its great curative properties. It was first used in Europe about 1600, to help with insomnia, back pain, rheumatism, neuralgia and nervousness.
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– Can relieve muscle pain caused by headaches, migraines, or fever.
– Can resist aging and moisturize skin, and tea soup can also be used as a nourishing agent for hair.
– Drinking chamomile tea has a calming effect and makes people gentle and kind.
– It is also helpful for sleep and stability.
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