Chamomile Tea
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Jacquelyn McKenna
Posted on: November 25, 1998

I grew some chamomile over two years and picked just the flowers everytime it blossomed. It blossomed all year long except for the winter. Now I have 200 flowers. I want to know what part of the plant I would use to make chamomile tea. What processes I would have to go through to make it come out right.

Chamomile tea is made from the flowers. They can be fresh or dried, and they can be whole or cut into pieces. Pour boiling water over two teaspoonsful of fresh flowers per cup of water or one teaspoonful of dried flowers per cup of water and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes. Experiment a little with the exact amount of flowers per cup and the exact time of steeping in water until you get the flavour you like. You can add sugar or honey to sweeten.

Chamomile is a wonderful after dinner beverage that helps to calm the body and to promote digestion. Chamomile can cause allergic reactions in a small minority of people. If you experience any allergic reactions stop taking the tea.

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