Flavorful, comforting, gentle and organic, our German Chamomile Flowers are traditionally brewed into a soothing tea. A versatile herb, chamomile is also an ingredient in skin care creams and lotions, relaxing bath blends and shampoos and conditioners for light-colored hair.
Chamomile grows best in well-drained soil in a sunny location. The two- to three-foot tall plant has feathery leaves, and the flowers are daisy-like, with white petals and yellow centers. In hot climates such as Egypt (where a good percentage of the world’s chamomile is produced), it's a winter crop. In eastern Europe, another major chamomile-production area, chamomile is a summer crop.Chamomile flowers are harvested as the flowers open, generally by hand or, in Egypt, with a tool called a chamomile rake. The flowers bloom over a several months and are picked every seven to ten days. In Eastern Europe, there are chamomile harvesting machines, and a field is harvested just two or three times. The flowers must be taken to the drying area soon after picking or they start to heat up and ferment. They are dried in the shade or in commercial dryers.
Fun fact: In the children’s story Peter Rabbit, Peter’s mother gives him chamomile tea (after a proper scolding) before sending him to bed after his return from Mr. McGregor’s farm. No doubt the chamomile tea helped to soothe both Peter's nerves (after his harrowing escape) and his tummy (after feasting on the farmer's produce).
- Chamomile is valued in aromatherapy as an essential oil.The flowers have large, yellow, cone-shaped, hollow centers.The cream- or ivory-colored petals are attached around the rim of the yellow cone and hang down from it after drying.Roman chamomile or German chamomile? Roman chamomile is preferred in the United Kingdom and eastern Europe, while German chamomile is preferred in western and southern Europe and the United States.
Directions: To prepare as a tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Flavor Profile: Fruity and floral
Botanical name: Matricaria recutita L.