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How to Make Homemade Fresh Chamomile Tea

By on August 30, 2016
Chamomile-Tea

I just made the yummiest cup of fresh chamomile tea. It was in this week’s box of fresh produce from Abundant Harvest Organics. There have been times in the past where I haven’t used everything in the box due to poor planning but as a tea lover, I couldn’t wait to utilize the chamomile they provided for me. I’m sure you’ve had chamomile at least once before, right? It’s a common tea option for companies that use bags vs loose leaf. Chamomile is known for it’s calming, soothing and relaxing properties and is often used before bed in place of a night cap. Since chamomile is in season you should be able to find it at your local Farmer’s Market or health food store like Whole Foods. Enjoy this simple recipe for fresh chamomile tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp honey or agave (optional)

Directions

Cut the chamomile flowers off of the stems with a pair of kitchen scissors and place into a small bowl. Soak the flowers in cool water for 2-3 minutes and gently stir to remove any residue or dirt. Strain the flowers and place on a dry surface like a wooden cutting board or paper towel. Boil your water. Place your flowers in your teacup and add the hot water. Enjoy!

If you have remaining flowers like I did you can dry and save them for later. Here is how I did it.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees while you are preparing your cup of tea. Once the oven is hot, place the remaining chamomile flowers on a cookie sheet (with parchment paper if possible). Spread them out and place the sheet on the bottom rack. Turn the oven off and crack it slightly open so air can escape. Your flowers should dry nicely. Take them out and keep them in an airtight container for 4-6 months in a cool dry place.

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