We think it’s amazing what you can do with the power of plants.
To celebrate Earth Day this Friday, we’re including a pack of Chamomile seeds with all orders placed until 22nd April for you to grow at home.
It’s one of our favourite ingredients (and where our Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream gets its incredible soothing properties) and the dried flowers have a multitude of uses.
Harvesting your Chamomile
When your chamomile flowers open, carefully harvest them close to the flower head. Gently wash the flowers and allow to drain on a tea towel.
To dry, place them in a single layer on some paper towel and leave on a sunny window sill. Turn every few days until they’re completely dry and crumbly.
Here’s 5 ways to use your flowers:
Alongside its reputation for calming the nervous system, studies have shown chamomile tea may also boost the immune system and ease menstrual and muscle cramps.Place a teaspoon or two of flowers into a mug or teapot using a tea strainer or reusable teabag and brew for 3-4 minutes.
- De-puff tired eyes
Don’t throw away your homemade chamomile tea!Wrap brewed flowers in muslin or a reusable teabag and chill in the fridge for a few hours, then place over tired eyes to soothe and de-puff.
- Salad topping
Add some interest to your greens!Chamomile flowers have a slightly apple-y taste and can be used raw scattered over salads.
- Sleep pillow
Trouble nodding off? Chamomile flowers can be mixed with dried lavender to create a soothing, soporific scent.Pour the dried flowers into an old muslin bag (or snip a hole in an old Organic Muslin to create a pocket and stitch back up) and place beside your pillow.
- Make a cocktail!
A slightly less virtuous use for this calming herb, but chamomile can also be used to whip up a seriously delicious cocktail.Try this Lemon Chamomile Spring Cocktail.