Herbal Tea Feature | Chamomile

Unless you’re allergic, who doesn’t love Chamomile tea? It’s the quintessential comfort tea…perfect for a serious dose of R&R. Just the earthy, floral scent of chamomile already starts working on loosening those muscles and releasing tension.

Chamomile is one of the 9 sacred herbs of the Saxons; and it’s pretty safe to say that tea afficionado and amateur alike have enjoyed a cuppa comfort.

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This calming tea goes beyond just busting stress. It has many other uses and benefits that you may or may not know.

HISTORY

Called “ground apple” by the ancient Greeks, Chamomile has several varieties but only 2 are really used medicially: the Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and the German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). They possess the same benefits and uses and are harvested around the world.

TASTE

Chamomile tea is a naturally sweet tasting tea with a rich, warm floral taste, and notes of apples. If you do want to sweeten it, try it with a touch of honey or a slice or two of a crisp red apple!

Chamomile also pairs well with other herbs if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Common combinations are chamomile with lavender, rose petals or rose hips. More sassy blends include apples and peppermint!

BENEFITS
The range of its uses goes beyond just a calming tea. Chamomile has many other benefits:
  • soothes upset stomach and nausea
  • skin softener (great for a bath soak)
  • antibacterial uses for skin irritations
  • gentle muscle relaxer
  • beauty enhancer

USES
drinking tea for its healing properties
eye packs for depuffing and soothing (soak 2 tea bags in hot water and allow to come to body temperature. gently press them into eye lids and relax for 15-20 minutes)
bath soaks (2-3 tea bags or a handful of dried chamomile in a nylon stocking or extra large tea strainer)

a chamomile rinse can add natural highlights to blond hair


STEEPING TEAS
Using freshly boiled water, steep a tea bag in your favorite mug for about 5 minutes. The longer it steeps, the more bitter it becomes so play around with how strong you like the bitters.

If using loose dried chamomile flowers, use one generous teaspoon of chamomile per cup of tea.

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Suffice it to say that Chamomile is a general crowd pleaser with many uses and benefits. Steep a simple tea bag or get creative with the loose chamomile and blend it with other herbs! Tea is an art made to smell, taste and enjoy just the way you like it!
Keep on steeping, tea lovers!

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