DRYING CHAMOMILE

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I am always happy to find Chamomile blooming on the roadsides of Pennsylvania. Its daisy flower, which is smaller than the wild daisy, has a distinctively sweet-earthy scent.  I clipped this bunch while walking last evening and brought it home to dry in the attic.  Now is the time to gather your winter tea stash, nothing compares to the fresh scent and taste of wild organic teas (nothing even comes close).

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Once home, I removed the flowers and leaves from the stems, and placed them on a wicker tray to dry.  I normally allow two weeks for sufficient air drying. Glass jelly jars with sealed lids work very well for storing dried teas- just remember to keep them in a dark cupboard. Here is one of my simplest tea recipes, as follows:

CHAMOMILE TEA

Fill a tea ball with 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers.

Cover with boiling water and steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

Add lemon and honey to taste.

Drink at bedtime to relax- Chamomile helps to soothe aches and cold symptoms.


The goodness of herbs abound,


Sally