(Matricaria recutita) Chamomile flowers come from an annual plant that can be found growing today in many places throughout the world. A cup of fragrant, apple-like chamomile is good for digestion and is a wonderful way to relax after a stressful day. Used by Europeans for hundreds of years for a variety of medicinal properties. Its gentle action makes Chamomile a trusted herb in children's formulas.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 5 minutes.
Chamomile Rice Pudding with Tea-Soaked Golden Raisins
Recipe from Serious Eats by Kerry Saretsky
- serves 4 to 6 -
2 cups water
3 tablespoons of dried edible chamomile flowers
4 cups milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup Arborio rice
1 chamomile tea bag
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup cream to finish (optional)
1. Start as though you were making a risotto. In two separate pots, heat the water and the milk. Place the chamomile flowers (not the tea bags) in the water, and allow to steep for at least ten minutes. Strain the flowers out, and return the chamomile water to the pan to keep warm.
2. Melt the butter in a wide pan with sides over medium low heat. Add the rice, and stir to coat, cooking for just a minute in the butter until the rice turns translucent.
3. Use a ladle to add the water bit by bit to the rice, adding more only as it is absorbed, and stirring continuously. Once you have used all the water, switch to milk, and continue to stir.
4. Meanwhile, brew a cup of chamomile tea with the tea bag. Place the golden raisins in the tea to rehydrate.
5. Once most of the milk has been used, and the pudding has reached a thick, porridge-like texture, add the sugar and stir it in to melt over the heat. Add the pinch of salt as well.
6. Take the pan off the heat. Stir in a splash of cream to finish, and serve hot, in separate bowls or ramekins. Strain the golden raisins out of the tea, and top the pudding with them. Serve with honey alongside.
¼ cup water
¼ cup liquid soap (castile)
½ tsp light vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. dried Chamomile flowers
½ cup boiling water
Pour the ½ cup boiling water over the chamomile and steep for 30 minutes and strain. Mix together the ¼ cup water, soap and oil. Mix the shampoo mixture into the chamomile water and shampoo as usual.
Chamomile Hair Conditioner
1/2 cup chamomile flowers
1/2 cup olive, safflower or sunflower oil
Combine the chamomile and oil in a jar with a lid. Place on a sunny windowsill and shake the jar at least once a day. After two weeks, strain out the herbs. Apply to the ends of your hair (not the scalp) and leave in approximately 10 minutes. Shampoo out.
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Please Note: The information given here has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
||Delicious Alone or with Other Herbs Added
|I had used chamomile in potpourris but had never tried it as a beverage. The unassuming little dried blossoms surprised me. They steeped into a comforting liquid with the refreshing flavor of, well....apples! It was so relaxing to sip it slowly and relax! I also brewed it with some lemon balm and mint that I had grown and dried and they blended well. I should have ordered more because it is delicious!|
|- Judy Bindner, AR|