Chamomile is in my opinion the answer to every ailment there is for us busy ladies living in the city. If there is one thing that has changed the way I function as a human being and made me a better person it's this magical herb. Find out some of the amazing abilities and what its done for me and how it can do wonders for you too.
Chamomile has been used for thousands of years for it's medicinal value.
Chamomile comes in two forms; German Chamomile which has long/tall stems and Roman Chamomile that has short stems and considered ground cover.
Both flowers look & deliver the same healing properties that I'll point out, but its the German Chamomile that you'll see parked on the shop shelves.
Chamomile has a an antioxidant called apigenin that works when ingested through tonics (such as tea), it helps by binding itself to specific receptors in your brain to relax them enough to induce sleep. While you're sleeping it works its magic, helping to recover inflamed brain cells to their optimum health.
So while it produces a calming effect to get you to sleep, once you're in a proper deep sleep it will kill any free radicals (The bad guys or unwanted inflammation caused from stress that could be attacking your brain cells while you sleep).
Growing Chamomile is one of the easiest flowering herbs to grow. They love sunlight and water and are drought tolerant, so it's forgiving if you forget to water it once or twice. But not so great if you forget to water it on a regular basis, especially if your growing them in containers as they tend to dry out faster than if they were in the ground.
Its not particularly selective of the type of soil, so its up to you if grow it from store bought soil or your magical home made composted soil in a container!
Pictured above is Chamomile mixed in with my Strawberries, Wild Thyme and Blue Corn Flowers, and they've all thrived in my home made composted soil and grown from seed!
So you've got your Chamomile all thriving and now at the 2-3 month mark you'll be noticing little flower buds developing along with some flowers that'll already be blooming. Well done!!!!
You can start snipping the flowers to either put into a vase and enjoy them in your home or snip as many as your can as they appear and hang to dry out before using.
Don't worry about snipping the flowers, it actually promotes more growth.
You'll need about 20 flower heads for one cup of tea.
You'll need loose Chamomile flowers, and either a coffee plunger or a tea strainer.
For One Person: Place 1 - 2 teaspoons of loose Chamomile flower buds into tea strainer & place into cup/mug. Pour boiling water to infuse the medicinal properties into the water. Allow to steep and cool for 5-10 minutes.
For two or more people: Place 2-4 Tablespoons of loose Chamomile flower buds into clean coffee plunger and pour boiling water to infuse the medicinal properties into the water. Allow to steep and cool for 5-10 minutes, then pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!
How'd you go! I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Have you started growing Chamomile or do you plan to grow any other herb? What other things would you like information on?
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