Chamomile is native to Europe, Africa and Asia, the name chamomile originally came from the Greek word meaning “ground apple.” It is a herb that has been used medicinally for thousands of years, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt where it used to be prescribed as a cold remedy. Whereas the Romans enjoyed it as a beverage, as well as an incense.
Chamomile is a low growing, tough little plant. They rapidly reseed themselves and naturalized wherever their seeds found a sunny location to set roots. Be careful with this plant as when it seeds it will take over the garden. We don’t tend to grow this herb at the hotel however it has lovely fresh green leaves very similar looking to coriander, and daisy looking flowers.
This week’s recipe picked out by Gill is one for Chamomile tea, a perfect drink to help with sleep and relaxation.
Chamomile tea recipe
- Honey or maple syrup (optional)
- You want to pick your chamomile before the flowers arrive, then pick the leaves off and chop finely then lay on greaseproof paper to dry.
- Once dried pop in an airtight tin or crock jar.
- To make the tea pop some of the tea leaves in a cup and pour over boiling water and leave to steep.
- Pour into a cup through a tea strainer and sweeten with honey or maple syrup.
We hope you have learned something new today and for those of you who try out any of the recipes be sure to tag @GrimscoteManor in photos of your delicious tea. We’d love to see them!