Here you will learn everything you need to know to make chamomile tea.
What is Chamomile?
Chamomile is a daisy-like flower, with white petals and a yellow procuring core.
The proper chamomile is called German chamomile or also the real chamomile.
This is because some other varieties are frequently confused with the real chamomile and the "fake" ones are sometimes sold as the real ones.
The plants grow in central and east Europe in gardens and in the wild on the fields.
The fresh flower buds are harvested from June to August and are then dried to use as a tea herbal infusion.
What is Chamomile Tea good for?
My grandmother used to make chamomile tea after dinner.
It helps in your digestion and with sleep.
Chamomile tea is known to relax and folks tend to drink it after food, before sleepy time.
So, you can prepare chamomile tea to help you find sleep BUT you will need to go pee as well, so know that. It might not be the best thing just before bed.
I like to drink chamomile after a long day or when I'm stressed out and anxious. It helps me to come down a bit.
How to make the tea?
We make tea with loose whole dried flower buds.
If you want to know how you can dry your fresh flower buds, then read up my guide on how to dry herbs. The process is the same.
Once you have your dried chamomile buds ready, you can choose to prepare your tea in two different ways.
Option 1 - Tea Bags/Infuser
Boil your water.
Grab an empty new tea bag or ball infuser that you can fill, and fill it with the flower buds.
Pour water into your cup and infuse hot water with the tea bag/infuser.
Steep for about 5 minutes and take out the bag with the flowers.
Enjoy a hot tea with or without sweetener.
Tip: The tea bag might filter better compared to the infuser because chamomile has tiny little yellow flower pieces.
Option 2 - Cook & Strain
Bring a small cooking pot to boil with water.
Add the dried flower buds to the cooking water.
Turn down the heat and allow the flower buds to steep for 5 minutes.
Strain the hot tea and pour strained infused herbal tea into a cup.
Flavor and Recipe Variations
You can sweeten your chamomile tea with sugar, honey and even stevia.
The stevia leaves can be added to your flowers.
Besides you can mix up things and create new flavor combinations.
Add any of the following to your flower buds:
- green or black tea - but it won't be caffeine-free anymore
- anise seeds
- lemon juice - can be added to the tea in the cup
You are not bound to hot tee! You can choose to prepare iced tea too. For that, simply allow your cooked infused tea to cool and serve with ice cubes.
Yes you can. A tea a day can do you good.
Like any other herbal tea, you will experience that you will need to run to the toilet.
I love milk tea but I don't think that adding milk to this herbal tea can be a good idea. I recommend drinking chamomile tea without milk.
More Herbal Tea Ideas
Homemade Chamomile Tea Recipe
- 1-2 Tablespoon Chamomile dried flowers
- 1½ cup Water
- Honey or Sugar or any other sweetener
Option 1 - steep with teabag/infuser
- Boil your water. I like to use a water cooker for that.
- Place tea bag/infuser in a large cup and pour hot water over that.
- Steep for about 5 minutes. Take out tea bag/infuser.
- Enjoy your hot tea with a sweetener of your choice (or non)
Option 2 - boil & strain
- Bring a small pot with water to boil over the stovetop.
- Add the dried chamomile flower buds to the cooking water.
- Turn of the heat or take the pot from the stove.
- Allow the flowers to steep for 5 minutes.
- Take the infused herbal tea through a fine sieve and pour your ready and hot tea into a cup.
- Sweeten your tea if you like and serve hot.
- water boiler or small pot to cook water
- new empty tea bags or infusers (optional)