Chamomile is noted as being a beneficial companion to many plants. It is also a great plant for paths and lawns.
Chamomile plants need an area that receives full sun. Chamomile will grow in a wide range of acidic soil anything with 5.6 – 7.5 pH. Seeds need light to germinate, so rather than sowing the seeds, broadcast them onto moist soil in the spring after the last frost.
Allow one to two weeks for the plants to germinate.
When seedlings have developed, thin the plants to 6 inches for ground cover or 18 inches for decorative plants.
Apply fertilizer regularly to achieve maximum plant growth.
Water regularly to keep the soil moist. Placing mulch around the plants will help to retain moisture.
The easiest way to harvest the heads, is to simply rake your fingers through the flowers and gently tug as you go, pulling off the flower heads. You harvest the whole head. Harvesting the heads encourages another flush of flowers- giving you the opportunity to take a second batch of flower heads later on. Harvesting chamomile is usually a summer pastime, though if you’re lucky, you may get a few plants that continue to bloom through a frost. Typically, it’s the chamomile flowers you’ll harvest for use in teas, though the leaves are also collected in some parts of the world for therapeutic use.
Start harvesting chamomile flowers in the morning after the dew has evaporated but before the sun is high.
Select the flowers that are nearly open. Pinch the stalk just below the flower head and pop off the bloom. Collect them in a tightly woven basket.
The flowers that are done blooming give you an opportunity to collect chamomile seeds or allow the plants to self-seed next year’s patch.
To dry your chamomile, you’ll need heat and airflow. This might mean you use an oven on the drying setting, a dehydrator, or a small fan in a dark room.
Keep your chamomile jar out of direct heat and light, and it should keep well into the following year’s harvest season.
Chamomile is a very beneficial herb known to be relaxing, carminative (relaxes the stomach and support digestion) and anti- inflammatory. It is also said to be good for skin conditions, and is suitable for children. It is best to let it brew for 3-5 minutes to allow the plant to do its magic! So as well as having a pleasant taste and fragrance, chamomile will help you relax and sleep.
There are many reasons you will want to include chamomile in your herb garden
The longer you drink chamomile tea on a daily basis, the more calming you will find it. Chamomile contains one flavonoid in particular, apigenin, which binds to the benzodiazepine receptors in the brain, promoting relaxation. Stress is a well-known factor in IBS flare ups. Because the brain and the gut communicate directly back and forth via the vagus nerve, a more relaxed mind can also help heal gut issues, which can mean reduced symptoms of chronic conditions like leaky gut, IBS and other gut-related issues.
A cup of chamomile tea when your stomach is churning can be just the thing to settle things down, especially when it’s caused by an emotionally difficult day.
Chamomile tea is an easy way to calm and soothe irritated tissues.
Flowers can be used to make fresh tea or combined with other teas to make a delicious herbal blend. It also makes a great addition to punch as it can be served hot or cold.
Chamomile is often used to treat aches and the tea is often used to help with upset stomachs.
Promotes Sleep – Drinking chamomile tea soothes the nervous system so that you can sleep better. It has been used as a solution for insomnia for centuries. you might find relief from a warm cup of chamomile tea taken about 30 minutes before bed.
Chamomile helps in clearing up skin irritations such as eczema, acne, and allergies.
Drink tea twice a day, in the morning and the evening to relieve pressure and pain.
As soon as you feel a headache coming on drink a cup of chamomile tea.
The tea reduces inflammation and tightens skin, leaving you looking refreshed and vibrant. Dip two tea bags in warm water and leave them in there for five minutes. After they cool, place them on your eyes at night for a soothing compress.
Chamomile is loaded with beneficial antioxidants that help fight free radicals. This makes it useful in the prevention of bacteria that causes acne. Use the same steam method as mentioned above a few times a week to keep your pores clean and bacteria at bay.