Chamomile Tea Recipes
Chamomile tea promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety and gets your body ready for a restful night’s sleep, but it isn’t just for bedtime. You can spice up your chamomile tea with uplifting herbs and flavoring and serve as a refreshing pick-me-up in the afternoon or even as a delicious iced tea to sip under the stars on hot summer nights. How you serve your chamomile tea is a personal decision. Here a few tips for making your chamomile tea recipe to meet your needs.
Use Quality Chamomile for Your Tea
The quality of your chamomile will effect the flavor and health benefits you receive from the tea. If you have grown your own chamomile, you already know it is high quality. If you are buying chamomile look for one labeled as organic and always buy it from a reputable source. Most health food stores sell dried chamomile, while your farmer’s market may have fresh chamomile as well. If you are using commercial tea bags, stick with a brand you trust.
Steeping the Tea
The most important step (after choosing a quality tea) of making any chamomile tea recipe is steeping the tea. You can use fresh or dried chamomile flowers from your garden, or even use a tea bag from the store.
- Add fresh water to the tea kettle and heat it to a full boil. Many claim that reheating leftover water in the kettle effects the flavor of the tea. You will need 8 ounces of water per cup of tea.
- Remove the tea kettle from the heat and allow it to cool for a minute or two. Chamomile releases its flavor best in hot water, but should never be subjected to boiling water.
- Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers per cup of water in a cup (or in your diffuser) and pour the hot water over the tea.
- Cover the pot or cup and allow the tea to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Covering the container keeps the flavor from escaping with the steam.
- Strain the tea and add sweetener and other seasonings.
What to Put in Chamomile Tea
- Sweeteners: Many people prefer chamomile tea with honey, but you can use any sweetener you choose. Plain sugar, brown sugar, sugar substitutes and even a dash of berry syrup can be used. If you are using other fruits or berries to flavor the tea, choose those first and then select a sweetener that enhances the flavor.
- Fruits: Fruits and berries, or a splash of fruit juice concentrate, can be used to add flavor to your chamomile tea. Try apple slices, whole berries or slices of citrus to give your chamomile tea a delicious boost. Chamomile tea with lemon is a popular variety, but orange slices add a interesting twist. You can also puree fruits and berries before adding them to the tea. Don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors you prefer to create you own signature chamomile tea recipe.
- Herbs: If you prefer to combine herbs, do so when you are steeping the tea. You can add fresh or dried lavender to create a relaxing blend, or add mint or lemon balm to give it some kick. There are a wide variety of mint flavors available that will add uplifting flavor to you tea. Mint works well in iced teas. Try adding minced ginger to hot tea to soothe a sore throat or calm cold symptoms.
- Creamer: Many people prefer chamomile tea without creamer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yours with a splash of cream. If dairy is a problem, try coconut or almond milk to make a creamy tea for chilly winter nights. If you are feeling adventuresome, try a dash of flavored coffee creamer.
Hot or Cold
There is nothing like a cup of hot tea for those quiet nights in front of the fire, but there are times when hot tea doesn’t hit the spot. Chamomile tea can be served over ice for a refreshing drink on those sweltering afternoons in the sun. Place steeped tea in the fridge to cool it and then pour over tall glasses of ice. If you enjoy iced chamomile tea, steep enough for the day and store it in the fridge.