Sunday, May 3, 2009

Making Chamomile Tea

I made chamomile tea today and it was so easy! Here's how I did it.

I started with our lovely chamomile plant that bloomed beautifully this year.

I cut it back to about 8 or 10 inches tall and then bundled the bouquet and hung it to dry.

After about a week, I clipped off the dried flowers from the stems.

I had to separate the stems out one by one, which leads me to think that it might be easier next time to bundle them more evenly so that I can cut straight across and have less stems to pick out.

Ta da! Tea in a container. A teaspoon per cup is enough for a medium-strength tea. I'm sincerely hoping for another harvest this year, but with my love of chamomile tea, I think I'll need to plant a few more plants next year. Once I try the straight tea, I'm going to try adding some of the other dried herbs to create a fun blend. More on that another day!

7 comments:

  1. You are so resourceful and creative. Love that about you. Wish I was there to have a cup of tea with you!

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  2. ooooooooo my gosh, what a great idea.
    Yummers !

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  3. Fresh cup of tea is so inspiring... as I make my cup from a bag! i really need to get planting :)

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  4. Nikki ~ this looks perfect. I have self-sown fever few.... I think it is the same as your chamomile. No flowers yet.... but maybe I'll brew a cup this summer. Chamomile always makes me think of Peter Rabbit being nursed back to health by his lovely mother. :)

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  5. I absolutely LOVE this. What a great idea. I've never thought of doing a tea garden, but you've inspired me!!

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  6. Wonderful idea!! So easy too!

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