How To Grow Chamomile For Tea

Posted by Dani on August 23, 2014

how to grow chamomile for tea via #diy #garden
My grandmother always grew her own chamomile for tea. She used to dry it in her attic, which was a magical place to explore during my childhood trips to her home in Italy. The smell of chamomile still brings me back to those days.

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

I think my grandmother believed chamomile tea with honey fixed just about anything. She used to mail us some of her dried tea every year, and my mom still gives me a jar of her own every so often.

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

So when I saw a chamomile plant at the garden center this spring, I scooped it up and popped it into a container to see how it would do. It’s a pretty plant, with a soft bushy look and sweet little white flowers. By the end of the summer, it can get a little tall and gangly, so take that into account when you’re planning out your garden pots.

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

I planted German chamomile, which is the most common variety. It’s an annual that can also be grown from seeds. Mine was planted in full sun, but it can also handle a little shade. And you only need to water it occasionally.

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

The fun part is harvesting. It’s important to pick the flower heads only, since the stems can add a bitter taste. I did this quite easily by just snipping the flowers off right at the top of the stems with a pair of scissors. Then I spread them out and dried them in a well-ventilated area.

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

It’s these dried flowers that make up the tea. Take some when you want to soothe your stomach, help relax your muscles, boost your immune system, ease menstrual cramps, or promote restful sleep. Store the tea in a jar, and use about 1 teaspoon of dried flowers per cup when you’re brewing your tea. And my grandma would have said to add a little honey and lemon too.

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

10 Responses to “How To Grow Chamomile For Tea”

  1. mama lola says:

    so pretty and lovely.

  2. Katie says:

    Wow, this tea makes for beautiful photos, as well! I love that it’s something your grandma used to do.

  3. Ooooh! I love chamomile tea. I’ve never thought of making my own. I’m currently drying mint for mint tea over the winter… next year it will be chamomile! Thanks for sharing Dani!

  4. Sweet pictures Dani. Coming from a German background, my mom believes in the magic of chamomile and honey too. We always have some on hand…I’ll have to look out for a plant next summer!

  5. I’ve never tried growing chamomile but I’m going to look for it now too! The tea sounds like it would be good (I haven’t tried that either!) thank you. Your photos are so pretty and it must have been so nice to visit your grandmother in Italy.

  6. I used to grow chamomile – it grows like a weed here! never thought of making my own tea though, thanks for the tip!

  7. Your pictures are so beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever tried this tea… promotes restful sleep, ya, it’s so on my list now! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow, I would never have thought to dry my own! What a great idea, and so simple. I love that it’s an idea you got from your grandma. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  9. mara says:

    You learn something new everyday. I never thought to grow my own tea.

  10. Heather says:

    Great tips – I love tea, I’ll have to try this next summer! Great photos too!

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