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Growing Herbs For Herbal Teas

Updated on June 10, 2008

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Chamomile

I found chamomile to be one of the easiest plants to grow that I have ever planted. Depending upon the variety that you choose, you can save the seeds in the fall and have more than enough for the next year.

Chamomile is an excellent container plants and an ideal one to keep near the kitchen door so that you can harvest the flowers readily for drying in order to make chamomile tea, for example.

Even in containers it kept coming back for years. One year I emptied the container that I had used to grow chamomile the previous summer, so that I could add new earth.

I must have left some soil in the bottom of the container, because within a few weeks there were chamomile plants growing out of the haloes in the bottom of the container.

Varieties of Chamomile

There are two main varieties of chamomile available:

  • German chamomile: this is the most common variety and it is an annual plant that grows to about 1m tall.
  • Roman chamomile: this chamomile variety is a perennial and grows to just 30cm tall.

Growing Chamomile

As I stated earlier, chamomile is an easy herb to grow, and self-seeds happily. This means it will sprout up from the ground in the same place each year without the trouble of you having to save seed and re-sow them.

The plants grow up to 1m tall, depending on the variety you choose. It is a great choice for a container garden, or to have growing in a window box. The flowers are pretty and have a delicate scent that is slightly sweet.

Folklore has it that a pot of chamomile next to the bed is will help get you off to a sleep.

Chamomile is a sun lover and does best in well-drained soil; it appreciates the addition of organic matter especially if it has been growing in the same location for a number of years.

Well-rotted animal manure is good as is compost.

You can sow chamomile into yoru garden bed straight from seed in the late spring. Chamomile seeds are light sensitive so just scatter them over the garden bed then cover with a very thin layer of soil and water well.

Within fourteen days you should witness the seedlings peeking up through the soil; that is the time to thin them allowing about 30 cm between plants so that they can reach maturity,

Chamomile Tea:

Place 6 tsp; dried chamomile flowers into tea ball or straight into pot

Add 3 cups boiling water

Steep ten minutes

Enjoy.

I have made chamomile tea with fresh flowers that I picked straight from the garden for 2 cups of tea you will need about 6 flowers; place them in a tea pot and add boiling water.

I have also made sun tea with chamomile. To make sun tea. You use a clear glass container, fill with water and add chamomile flowers, use fresh. Place in a window or out on the balcony where the sun’s rays will strike the jar. Do this first thing in the morning as the sun is coming up and leave until sun goes down.

Add ice and serve.

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    Chef Helena 

    10 years ago

    Bob great Hub I myself combine my own herbs for that special brew... I am still working on my persoal web site but check out the recipe for my Chai Tea .....J-Lo loves it...ps I can send more I have archived recipe's from more than 13,000 that have been submitted in my first month accepting them. I would be happy to format your recipes and copy protect them, make the PDF easy prints.. and make sure you get your web pages addy's on them if you are interested hollar....I have so msny just sitting on the desk here that I should build a fireplace to burn th paper...hmmmmm smaller gas bill????now this whole thing is going to turn into a full time Position..............Have a great day!

    Chef Helen

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, an iced herbal tea is a great drink on a hot summer day.

  • marisuewrites profile image

    marisuewrites 

    10 years ago from USA

    herbal tea is music for the body and soul   I had to develop a taste for chamomile, and find it's relaxing effect worth the effort.  I love the flavored ones.  both hot and cold.  =)  thanks for a "refreshing" hub.  

    I like your new picture...very dignified.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, we have enjoyed various herbal teas for sometime now.

  • MicheleT profile image

    MicheleT 

    10 years ago

    Very informative! I love chamomile tea--any herbal tea, really. I'm a big fan of drinking herbal tea. There's nothing quite like it. I think they're healthy and delish!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Enjoy.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 

    10 years ago

    I've been drinking chamomile tea for years. I didn't know that it's so easy to grow. Now I've got to try growing one on my balcony. :-)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks cgull, it is a pretty flower and easy to grow.

  • cgull8m profile image

    cgull8m 

    10 years ago from North Carolina

    Agree with Eileen, inspiring, I have to try this one, the flowers look very pretty also. Thanks

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you for the kind words and you are welcome.

  • Eileen Hughes profile image

    Eileen Hughes 

    10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    Brilliant mr Chief Gardiner, of hub pages. Again you have given us another great hub. I love chamomile tea. I will have to try groning this flower, especially for sleeping in the bedroom. Thanks Again

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    They are pretty but also plentiful.

  • lady luck profile image

    lady luck 

    10 years ago from Boston

    chamomile flowers are so pretty! I don't know if I could bring myself to dry them for tea.

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