After planting your Wild Flower Tea Seedbombs in Spring, you’ll see signs of life within a month and the delicate white and yellow Chamomile flowers start to bloom. Since you’ve taken the time to grow and nurture your plants, you will want to make sure that you brew the perfect cup of tea!
To help with this, we have created a short guide, so that you can capture all the flavour from Seedbomb to tea pot.
Brewing your fresh flowers:
- Firstly harvest your flower heads; it’s best to do this in the morning.
- Next you need to give your flowers a clean. Fill a bowl with cool water, place in the flowers and remove any debris that floats to the surface.
- You’ll then need to boil the water. For one cup of tea you will need around 4 tablespoons of Chamomile flowers, but you can increase or decrease the quantity to alter the strength.
- Leave your tea to infuse for around 5 minutes. If you fancy it you could even add some honey, lemon or mint to taste.
- When you are happy with the strength, strain your tea into another cup; using a tea strainer if you have one, if not a sieve works well too.
- Finally it’s time to sit down, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
So that you are able to enjoy your Chamomile tea all year round we also have some tips to help you when drying the flowers.
- Pick your flower heads and wash them to make sure you get rid of any creepy crawlies (see above instructions).
- Allow your Chamomile to soak for a few minutes after washing, then drain, ensuring you remove all the water. You can do this using a salad spinner.
- Place your flowers on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Pop this in the oven and turn the heat up to 200 C; this will help to get rid of any excess moisture. Once the temperature reaches 200 C, turn off the oven. Move the flowers to the lowest rack and leave the door ajar, allowing them to slowly dry.
- When the flowers are completely dry, place in an airtight jar and store in a cool place. They should last up to 6 months.
- When you next fancy a cup of tea crumble the flowers to release the oils and soak in boiling water for around 10 minutes.
- When harvesting cut the stems 2-3 inches from the flower.
- When you have a good handful, bundle them with twine.
- Hang these in a warm dark place for around 3 days, or until dry. A garden shed or kitchen larder is perfect for this.Once they are completely dry, pick the flowers off the stems, store in an airtight jar and enjoy lots of delicious cups of herbal tea.
We think that a freshly made cup of Chamomile tea is well worth the effort and perfect for winding down after a busy day. Yet, there is a lot more to this little flower as it has loads of health benefits! Chamomile actually has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. A regular cup of tea can also help to boost your immune system, helping you to fight off all those nasty coughs and colds this winter. If you’re not a fan of the taste you can even use it on your hair or skin. For luscious looking locks, rinse your hair with some cooled Chamomile tea, or for smooth skin, apply to any dry spots for instant relief.