Normally throughout the summer I’m busy snipping off bits of one herb or another to dry and enjoy in cups of tea throughout the year. But this year I decided not to bother. After all, I won’t be here this winter to enjoy it and dried herbs, if properly stored, only last for a year.
But I’ve been watching my chamomile grow (or explode I should say) and I can’t resist those bright yellow and white flowers anymore. I absolutely must have a cup with my own flowers.
The plant in the picture is one I got last year, but it didn’t bloom and I thought it might have died. Boy was I wrong. This summer it has outgrown a nearby mint plant and is positively taking over my little garden.
Not that I mind so much. Chamomile is one of my all time favorite herbs. It tastes great and has a host of benificial properties including easing nausea, soothing cramps, aiding in digestion and of course, it is very relaxing. A cup of good chamomile at bedtime can have me asleep quicker than two Tylenol PM.
Morning is the best time to cut herbs and today I cut off about 12 flowers. I’m cleaning them in a bowl of water right now and tonight I am planning on having a cup of my own chamomile tea. If I’m feeling a little wild I might just go and snip off a few leaves of perppermint to go with it!