Chamomile Tea Benefits

Chamomile Tea

German chamomile, most recognized as a calming tea is often mistaken for Roman chamomile, (Chamaemelum nobile). Roman chamomile is a low growing perennial that produces a bitter tea. German chamomile is an annual from the Asteraceae family and makes a much sweeter tea that is often used for calming nerves, inducing sleep, and soothing digestion. Chamomile has been used medicinally for centuries and considered to be a universal remedy by ancient Egyptians.

Chamomile Tea Benefits

Brewing chamomile tea is very easy and offers many benefits. To fix a healthy herbal tea such as chamomile all you need to do is scoop 1-2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to 8 ounces of boiling water for about 10 minutes and then strain. Here are some of the wonderful benefits chamomile tea is known for.

  • Boosting the immune system and fighting infections associated with colds.
  • Relaxes nerves
  • Relieves muscle spasms, and menstrual cramps in woman.
  • Can reduce inflammation.
  • Improve liver function.
  • Soothe stomach aches.
  • Relieve back pains
  • Improve sleep.

Growing Chamomile

Growing chamomile is very simple and though it is an annual it does reseed very easily.  You can sow chamomile seed in early spring or late fall.  If you sow seeds in late fall the seeds benefit from the cold exposure and allow for an early start come spring.  Chamomile does well in uncultivated soil and is drought tolerant, but can always benefit from occasional watering. If you are planning to start chamomile indoors you should start 8-10 weeks before last spring frost.  Chamomile seeds are very tiny and should be buried very lightly beneath the soil.

Harvesting Chamomile

Harvesting chamomile should be done during mid-day when the flowers of fully opened and dry.  When chamomile is being harvested for oil it is typically cut 2 to 4 inches below the flowers.  Harvesting chamomile for tea all you want is the flower heads- no stems.  This is done by pinching or cutting the flower head off manually, or using your fingers as a rake, plucking the flower heads off.  Chamomile rakes are extremely handy to have and make harvesting chamomile very simple, efficient and fast.

Harvesting Chamomile

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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Great hub, I drink chamomile everynight, it is sweet so I must be drinking German, however the honey might also be part of that. Also, thank you for you kind comment tonight, it made me feel better after all I have been through and just a few minutes ago, my small new laptop just blew up, I am not sure about what's going on in my life, but I am so happy to be back on hubpages, pray that this computer keeps going? This really is the way to go when it comes to tea, get off the store bought over the counter help sleep, I by sleepy time tea, extra and it really works. Love this up, rate you up up up Love and peace darski

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

I too enjoy drinking Chamomile tea at night, great stuff! You mentioned your small laptop is new? Is it under any warranties?

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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago

I *heart* chamomile. I don't drink "teas" (black, orange, green) but I will drink steeped herbs, and chamomile is a favorite! I've never thought of growing it, and wonder if it would grow here. Only thing grows here are soybeans and corn!

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

Funny- yes you are in corn and soybean country, I think Chamomile wouldn't be a problem in your area, They are pretty hardy, and do not require the best soil conditions, I found that you do need a lot to harvest for a decent supply to have on stock for making tea. That being said I wouldn't buy the plants at a nursery but sow a bunch of seeds if you have the space.

Thanks for the read cheapsk8chick, hope your having a productive and wonderful day!

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

What a beautiful web page, nicely designed. I love tea it's a great part of everyday. Chamomile is one I know little about as I don't use it. But now that I understand the uses of Chamomile and Chamomile tea benefits I'll be sure to call on Chamomile when it is needed.

Thanks! :) Katie

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

Thanks Katie I am so glad you like the design of this web page on chamomile, hubpages makes it so easy and much fun to play around with. Take care- Rob

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Absolutely love chamomile, the smell, the tea, growing it, what a lovely plant this is and what a helpful hub. You always come up with techniques that I have never heard of! Good Job!

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

Chatkath, Chamomile does smell wonderful and is such a soothing tea. It also does add nice color to the garden as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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fucsia 5 years ago

I love chamomile and I drink it very often! The idea of growing it of its flowers is very nice! I could try.....!!

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

Chamomile is such a popular and healthy tea, I do hope that your able to grow and harvest your own, I always say that everything taste better when you grow your own.

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I am tea lovers and I enjoy my tea ceremony twice in a day. Thanks for share chamomile tea. You always inspired us through all your hubs. I am proud become your fans and I have a chance to update your hubs. Well done, my friend. I give my vote to you. Cheers...


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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

prasetio30 so glad you you love tea and that you have enjoyed this hub on the wonderful tea of chamomile, Thanks for stopping by- take care!

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Susan Miles 5 years ago

I used to drink Chamomile tea after working the midnight shift to help induce sleep. It worked wonders, love it. Great hub, very informative. I think it's awesome that ancient Egyptians used Chamomile tea for medical reasons.

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

It is 1am right now and I am enjoying a nice cup of chamomile tea. I have just entered my busy season with work and have such a hard time shutting my mind off at night. The chamomile tea does help, Thanks Susan for commenting, I too think it's awesome that the use of chamomile dates back to the ancient Egyptians.

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Oh gee! I need some now! God bless!

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Bethany Culpepper 5 years ago

I'm drinking some right now! The videos were fun - I can't imagine walking through a field of chamomile. It must be wonderful.

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

I know right that and a field of Lavender would be awesome to walk through! Thanks for commenting I am sure your enjoying your chamomile tea. Take care- Rob

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daffodil2010 5 years ago

i will try that thanks for sharing

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

Thanks daffodil2010 for reading and commenting on this hub about chamomile, growing chamomile is can be a lot of fun, especially when your able to use what you harvest.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I planted a single chamomile plant from a local nursery today so finding this hub is timely--thanks much. I doubt I will need a rake this year but if it reseeds, maybe next year!

Beautiful and helpful vids.

Hub voted up!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I don't know how I missed this hub before as I love Chamomile tea also and drink it almost daily along with some other green teas as well. I suspect this was written when I had surgery and was on the computer very little for a few weeks. Excellent hub. Rated awesome.

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

Pamela thanks so much for stopping by. Hope all is well and that you are recovering quickly. I too have not been on the computer much these days, my work keeps me busy from sun up to sun down, which leaves me with very little energy to stay in front of the computer at the end of the day- Oh how the emails have been piling up. I am trying to catch up, I know that I have missed many hubs, but have them all saved and plan to having a big catch up day soon.

Take care my friend, God bless you and hope you have a full recovery.

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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Chamomile tea is great. Whenever I have spasms in my lower back I drink chamomile tea and it works well. I guess this is another product where the drug companies cannot make money so they refuse to indorse it. Thanks for another great article.

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY Author

Thanks eventsyoudesign, couldn't have said any better, your right on! Glad you enjoyed this hub on Chamomile, thanks again for the read and comment.

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