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How To Dry Chamomile Plants – Tips For Drying Chamomile Flowers

By Amy Grant

Chamomile, unlike other herbs, is harvested just for its lovely daisy-like flowers, which are then preserved. Chamomile preservation basically means drying the chamomile flowers. There are four chamomile drying techniques. Click here to find out how to dry chamomile.

Chamomile Seed Info: How And When To Plant Chamomile Seeds

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

All chamomile types produce an abundance of seed that will quickly self-sow wherever it lands in warm, loose soil. Click on the following article to learn more about growing chamomile from seed and when to plant chamomile seeds in the garden.

Chamomile Not Flowering: Why Won’t My Chamomile Bloom

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Chamomile is usually the go-to remedy for so many things, but what can you go to when it is a chamomile plant that needs a remedy - for example, how to make a chamomile plant flower if it's not. Learn more about non-blooming in chamomile here.

Roman Vs. German Chamomile – Learn About Different Types Of Chamomile

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

If you're so fond of the tea that you decide to grow chamomile in your own garden, you may be surprised to find that there are different types of seeds and plants available. Click here to learn about distinguishing between different chamomile varieties.

Potted Chamomile Plants – How To Grow Chamomile In A Container

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Growing chamomile in containers is definitely possible and, in fact, works like a charm if you?re worried that chamomile, a generous self-seeder, may be too rambunctious in the garden. Click this article to learn more about growing chamomile in a pot.

Is Chamomile Edible – Learn About Edible Chamomile Uses

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

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? Find out here.

Harvesting Chamomile Plants: When To Pick Chamomile Flowers

By Amy Grant

Chamomile is useful for so many ailments and is easy to grow too, but how do you know when to pick chamomile? Not only do you need to know when to harvest chamomile, but how to harvest chamomile. Click this article to find out about picking chamomile plants.

Growing Chamomile Tea: Making Tea From Chamomile Plants

By Amy Grant

If you?ve never thought about growing your own chamomile tea plant for tea brewing, now?s the time. Chamomile is easy to grow and thrives in a variety of areas. Use the information from this article to find out how to grow chamomile for tea.

Chamomile Tea For Gardening: Tips On Using Chamomile Tea In The Garden

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Chamomile tea is a mild herbal tea often used for its calming effects and for its ability to calm mild stomach upsets. However, using chamomile tea for gardening may offer surprising benefits that most people haven?t considered. Learn more here.

Chamomile Plant Companions: What To Plant With Chamomile

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Chamomile tea is an age old remedy for many problems in gardens. Companion planting with chamomile is an even easier way to heal the garden. Learn more about what to plant with chamomile in this article.

Tips For How To Grow Chamomile

By Heather Rhoades

Many people swear by homegrown chamomile tea to calm their nerves. This cheery herb can add beauty to a garden as well. Chamomile growing is easy and this article will help.


Chamomile

Chamomile (American English) or camomile (British English see spelling differences) ( / ˈ k æ m ə m aɪ l , - m iː l / KAM -ə-myl or KAM -ə-meel [1] [2] ) is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. Two of the species are commonly used to make herbal infusions for traditional medicine, and there is some evidence that chamomile has an effect on health. [3] [4] [5]


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Comments

Soraya says

I also wanted to share that chamomile can be used as a diaper rash ointment. You will want to make an infusion of chamomile and mix it with cornstarch until you make a thick consistency. I hope this helps some.

Doris says

Here’s my favorite use for chamomile:
I use it (successfully!) for any eye issues. With 5 kids, we have had several bouts of pink eye and just putting a warm compress of chamomile over the affected eye for several 10-15 minutes periods works wonders! (I use warmed up tea bags and lay them gently over the closed eye.) With pink eye, never reuse bag and never use for other eye so as not to cross-contaminate.

jona says

Just wondering if you do not have any dried flowers would uaing an essential oil of chamomile be same/as good?

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Harvesting Herbs

Each herb has a specific harvesting process to get the result you want and to maximize the flavor profile. The key to keeping your herbs at their best is to harvest your garden frequently. Harvesting herbs from your garden is simpler than you think. It's like getting a regular haircut: Trim the dead stuff off to make room for healthy ones to grow.

Chamomile is one of the most popular and easiest herbs to grow for a great cup of tea. The perfect time to harvest this hardy plant is in the early morning after dew has dried. Carefully pinch bloomed flower heads off the chamomile plant. The full flower will be what gives your tea flavor!

The elder is the easiest of all to harvest. No cutting needed. Simply shake the plant so the buds fall into a bowl. Wash and let dry!

Although ginger is not an herb, it provides as much flavor as one. After about 4 to 6 months of patience, your ginger should be ready to dig up. Dig up the mass of the roots, or the rhizomes, to flavor your tea (and other dishes, like these to-die-for ginger cookies).

Hibiscus is another example of a nonherb often used in teas for its wonderful flavor. Like chamomile, the hibiscus flower head is used to flavor your tea, so carefully pick off the flower. Be sure to use the flower quickly, though. The blooms will likely shrivel up in 1-2 days.

Jasmine is a tea is as sweet as they come. It's time to harvest these beauties when buds are fully formed, but not open. Prune off parts of the plant loaded with leaves and flowers. To preserve freshness, place stems in water after picking.

Lavender is your go-to herb for sweet, relaxing aromas. When the lavender flowers bloom, it's time to harvest. Cut the lavender stems 2 inches above the woody growth, starting with the first blooming buds for the best results.

Lemon & English Thyme

This herb is laid-back and as low-maintenance as they come. Thyme can be harvested whenever spontaneity strikes during its growing cycle. For potent flavor, pick in the morning. Just like sage, you can either prune the whole stem or pinch off leaves at the stem.

Harvest in late spring or early summer, right before the blossoms set. Cut the stems about 2 inches from the ground. Make sure not to cut off too much. Cut stems above where lower leaves have formed—we don't want to cut off the entire plant's supply. Looking for just a little lemon flavor in your tea? Cut right below a leaf.

Lemon Verbena generates new foliage quickly after a full harvest. The best leaves to pick from lemon verbena are the ones surrounding the white flowers. The prime flavor is in these leaves. Cut the stems to within 1/4 inch of the leaf. If the plant becomes too big for your space, trim the entire plant back to a fourth of its current size.

Refresh your senses with some peppermint in your tea. Before the plant starts to flower, cut off the stems about 1 inch from the ground. If you only need a little flavor in your cup, pinch off a peppermint leaf or two, making the cut right before another leaf.

Every two months or so, sage is ready for some harvesting. Sage grows fairly vigorously, so you'll have no problem getting your fill of this herb throughout the season. Clip leaves six to eight inches from the top of the plant. Doing so stimulates new growth. You can cut the entire stem or pinch off the leaves—whatever your herbal heart desires!

One of the most well-known herbs, parsley is a great choice for your herbal tea. Although a little more complicated to pick, it will provide a kick of flavor to your cup of tea. For the most flavor, cut parsley when the stems have at least three segments of leaves.

Have other tea plants and flowers you want to brew from your herbal tea garden? Check out our Plant Encyclopedia for more information on your specific tea plant.


One of the most ancient medical herbs, chamomile has long been recognized in folk and traditional medicine for its multi-therapeutic value. A member of the daisy family, medicinal chamomile is typically found in two varieties, German chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).

Used for:

The dried flowers of chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids that contribute to its medicinal properties. When brewed into tea, chamomile flowers release an apple-like scent and flavor, and the name chamomile comes from the Greek words meaning “ground apple.”

Chamomile tea is an excellent home remedy for upset stomachs, heartburn and indigestion. Various forms of chamomile are also commonly used to treat inflammation, muscle spasms, hay fever, menstrual pain, ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders.

Because of its mild sedative properties, chamomile can be used as a relaxant, and is traditionally used to promote healthy sleeping or to help with mild insomnia. Chamomile tea an especially popular pre-bedtime drink, and chamomile essential oils are used in aromatherapy for their calming effects.

Babies suffering from colic can be soothed by one to two ounces of cooled chamomile tea. A review of two clinical trails found that in a group of 68 babies, herbal tea with chamomile eliminated the colic in 57 percent of the infants, whereas a placebo was helpful in only 26 percent.

Dr. Weil recommends giving a colicky baby one to two ounces at a time, no more than three to four ounces per day.

Chamomile can be made into a topical ointment for soothing facial, eye, skin inflammation and to treat bruises. During a double-blind trial on 14 patients who underwent dermabrasion of tattoos, chamomile was shown to have a statistical effect on speeding wound drying and skin regrowth.

Available in:

Dried chamomile flowers and teas are widely available at herb stores, online, and at specialty shops.

Herb /drug interactions:

Chamomile appears to have minimal adverse reactions with other herbs or drugs.

Other safety concerns:

It is recommended that pregnant and nursing mothers not consume chamomile. While not definitive, some research suggests that chamomile can cause compilations during pregnancy and breastfeeding, including uterine contractions that raise the risk of miscarriage.

A relatively low percentage of people are sensitive to chamomile and develop allergic reactions, particularly people sensitive to ragweed and chrysanthemums or other members of the Compositae family.

Chamomile is widely available at herb stores and specialty shops. Fresh chamomile should have a strong fragrance. Chamomile tea is available at most supermarkets, either pure or blended with other popular medicinal herbs.

Brew chamomile tea in a covered container to prevent loss of the volatile constituents in steam. Let the flowers steep in the hot water for ten minutes before pouring.

You can give chamomile tea to infants and young children with good results, as well as to older people. Most people find the taste agreeable.

Sources:
“Complementary, holistic, and integrative medicine: chamomile.” Gardiner P. Pediatr Rev. 2007 Apr 28(4):e16-8.)

“Effect of chamomile on wound healing–a clinical double-blind study,” Z Hautkr. 1987 Sep 162(17):1262, 1267-71


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