i was delighted to find a bundle of fresh chamomile in our csa box this week. when i saw it i said, oo, pretty flowers! (typical newbie) when my sweet farmer gal said oh no, that's chamomile! of course, i immediately squealed and asked for instructions on what to do with the beautiful blooms.
so here it is, straight from the farmer's mouth:
keep your chamomile fresh in a vase for 2-3 days, but then bundle it and hang to dry.
pluck off 2-3 teaspoons of flowers right at the base of the bloom.
steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes and drink before bed.
i've been a long time drinker of bedtime tea, but this fresh chamomile puts me to sleep like nothing i've ever tried. it's soothing, tasty and warming.