How to Dry Chamomile Flowers for Tea
Harvesting your Chamomile Flowers
Chamomile is a beautiful daisy-like flower that is a popular herb used to make delicious calming teas. For the best quality tea, harvesting your own chamomile flowers is ideal.
- Gather a handful of chamomile flowers when they look dry and droops during mid-to-late afternoon
- Look for flowers that have light yellow centers and petals that look fluffy
- Use clean scissors to snip the flowers off their stems
Drying your Chamomile Flowers
Once you’ve harvested your chamomile flowers from your garden or local park, the next step is to dry them for tea.
- Lay your chamomile flowers out on a baking tray in a single layer.
- Put the tray in a warm spot with good air circulation, such as on top of a radiator or in an attic.
- Leave the flowers for 2-3 days until they are completely dry and crispy
- Store your dried chamomile flowers in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
Enjoy your Chamomile Tea
Now your chamomile flowers are dried, you can make your own delicious chamomile tea.
- To make te a cup of tea, put 1-2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers into your cup.
- Pour boiling water into your cup and stir
- Allow the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes, then strain into a separate cup
- Add sugar or honey to taste, and enjoy!