Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chamomile Tea

I made chamomile tea! From scratch! It was easy! And it tasted like chamomile tea!

Chamomile (stems included)

Spread the chamomile on a thin cloth and put it in a well-ventilated, shady spot to dry. I put ours on a clean rag on a wire shelf in our garage. After 10 days or so, the chamomile will probably be dried (check it to make sure). The chamomile is really brittle at this point, so handle it rather carefully to avoid losing a lot of it. Cut all of it (flowers and stems) into 1-inch pieces (I used kitchen shears for this) and put it all in a jar with a lid.

When you're ready to make tea, measure out about 3 teaspoons of dried chamomile pieces for each 8 ounces of water. Boil your water and then pour it over the chamomile. Let steep as long as you like, then strain the tea into teacups.

This tea is mellow, pleasant, and soothing. And it was quite satisfying to really make tea, rather than just brewing it. I want more chamomile so I'm stocked for a few months!

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