Harvesting & Storing & Using Chamomile

For the best flavored tea, harvest the entire chamomile flowers the day they bloom.  Plus this will promote more blooms!

Harvesting:
Chamomile flowers close after sunset, so the best time to harvest is in the morning after the dew has disappeared completely, or during the summer months when it’s drier.  Turn the flowers upside down
or shake to filer out any dust or insects.

Drying:
You can just cut the flowers for drying or dry the entire stem.

Lay the flowers in a single layer on a tray and put in a dark place away from any moisture.
See How to Dry Herbs for instructions.

Check periodically to see if the flowers have dried.

After the flowers have dried thoroughly, remove the stems and keep the flowers.

Storing:
Store in an airtight container in a dark place, away from the sun.

Using Chamomile:
Chamomile is best known for its soothing medicinal properties, but some folks can be allergic or sensitive to Roman Chamomile, especially if allergic to members of the ragweed family.

There are endless combinations of tea, both hot and iced that Chamomile can lend it unique flavor to,

Fresh flowers can be used as a garnish.

The dried flowers are excellent in potpourri.

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