Happy New Year friends!! We hope that this holiday season has been one of love, family, friends who are like family, and great times for everyone. Given that we are all, possibly, feeling a little over-indulged, we thought it would be timely to write about chamomile tea; a fragrant, herbal tea which goes a long way towards easing and settling a cranky stomach.
Chamomile tea is made from the dried family of daisy plants called Asteraceae. You can drink it because it is delicious, but you can also try it because it reportedly has many medicinal properties. Chamomile tea is said to treat inflammation, insomnia, muscle spasms and skin disorders, along with other aches and pains. Growing up, a sore throat, tummy ache, or nagging cough were always invitations to brew a pot of chamomile tea and to serve it, usually, with a heaping teaspoon of Greek honey. This herbal concoction is of course free of caffeine, making it pretty perfect for any age. If you are pregnant at any age however (congratulations!), you should speak to your doctor before enjoying chamomile tea; certain varieties had been found to cause uterine contractions and induce miscarriage. Chamomile is good…but nothing is that good!
You can find chamomile tea in prepared tea bags, alongside your Earl Grey and English Breakfast varieties. Our parents never use chamomile tea bags, so for us these seem somewhat strange. Luckily, we are able to easily find loose, dried chamomile flowers. Occasionally, our mother grinds these flowers up to create a coarse, powder-like tea (which is probably similar to what you would find if you opened up one of those tea bags). She does this in order to make it easier to store the chamomile, usually in an old honey jar, in the refrigerator.
If you like, you can try using chamomile tea topically to help alleviate any skin ailments. Have a rash, a pimple, some eczema? Try applying a clean cotton pad soaked in cooled chamomile tea to the area.
If you have on hand the loose, ground up chamomile tea, use a very fine sieve to remove the tea as you pour the drink into your teacup.
Mia Kouppa: Chamomile Tea
- For every serving of tea that you will prepare, heat about 10 ounces of water. Bring to a boil.
- Once the water has boiled, remove from heat and then add 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers (or one heaping tablespoon of ground up chamomile tea) for every 10 ounces of water.
- Cover and let steep for approximately 5 minutes. Strain to remove the chamomile flowers.
- Pour into a fancy teacup (because, why not?) and serve with honey, sugar or milk if desired.