Common Name: Chamomile
Botanical Name: Matricaria chamomilla
Place of origin: Chamomile is originally native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Today, it is still grown across these continents and in North America.
Ideal growing conditions: To grow chamomile from either seed or transplants
- Start in early spring. If you are starting with seeds, you may find it trickier because you will have to plant them indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the expected final frost date.
- Once spring comes, plant your seedlings or transplants in full sun and healthy soil. Space the plants 8-10 inches apart and make sure to water them frequently.
Parts of the Plant to use: To make chamomile tea
- You will want to harvest the blossoms by snipping off the flower with a pair of garden or kitchen scissors
- Ideally, you will want to harvest the blossoms when they are in full bloom.
- Optional: Dry Chamomile Blossoms
- Steep Blossoms in boiling water to make chamomile tea.
- Let the tea steep for 3-5 mins, and then at this point, you can either remove the dried flowers or leave them in. Stir in a spoonful of honey if you wish and enjoy!
Benefits/Properties: Chamomile can be used :
- to reduce menstrual pain
- slow or prevent osteoporosis
- help with sleep and relaxation
- and reduce inflammation.
The most common properties are its antioxidants, and ability to help you fall asleep.