It's a busy world out there, so it's no surprise that chamomile is so popular. A cup of chamomile is the ideal pre-bedtime beverage after battling traffic to and from work, meeting work deadlines, chasing a child around the house who refuses to take a bath or even put on clothes, or whatever your day entails.
Although chamomile tea does not require an introduction, we are happy to give it the credit it deserves. Chamomile tea is made from the flowers of the chamomile plant, which resemble daisies. The word "chamomile" comes from a Greek word that means "a ground apple," which is a good description of the delicate flavor that chamomile tea is known for.
The flavor of chamomile tea is gentle apple notes with a mellow honey-like sweetness. It has a silky mouthfeel and a delicate and floral aroma. The tea is classified as a herbal tea because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns, canker sores, and a variety of other ailments have all been treated with it in the past.
The daisy-like flowers of the chamomile plant are widely used in a variety of products, including skincare, oral supplements, and, of course, as a beverage. While chamomile infusions are commonly referred to as "chamomile tea," chamomile is not a true tea and is therefore referred to as a tisane.
Chamomile should have a buttery, sweet, and floral flavor. Bad chamomile has harsh, "rancid butter" and bitter notes.
Chamomile is a tough herb, so use boiling water to extract the flavor. I like a strong chamomile infusion, so one tablespoon of dried chamomile to eight ounces of water is a good starting point. Allow 4-5 minutes for steeping.
Chamomile is used in many tea and tisane blends, especially “nighttime” herbal infusions. Its buttery flavor adds richness to herbal blends that aren't made with tea and keep them from tasting too watery. Chamomile pairs well with sweet spice blends, and it's especially delicious when combined with vanilla, citrus, and/or mint.
Caution: People who use chamomile products have reported severe allergic reactions. Use chamomile with caution if you are allergic to ragweed or other similar herbs and plants. Chamomile can also make you sleepy, especially if you're taking other medications that have a similar effect.