Aromatic flowers make soothing tea for all seasons.
Our era is twitchy: our senses are hammered by ringtones, vibrations, alarms, and sirens. The resulting society-wide anxiety is the affliction of our time. Need relief? Try some little apples. This is the name given by the ancient Greeks to the spherical, golden, highly aromatic centers of chamomile blossoms. The ancients realized these morsels had healing properties and used them to treat fever, improve mood, and induce relaxation, in addition to using them in beer-making. In your own garden, you can experience these qualities simply by walking through a patch of chamomile in full bloom: its aroma is both heady and soothing, its profusion of tiny blooms a visual delight.
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Sow outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked. Plants grow quickly and reach 2' high. Harvest the flower heads before they fade. Dry by hanging in a dry place; store the dry flowers to enjoy a calming tea year round. You can also make tea from the fresh flowers. Self sows.
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Artwork by Sarah Snow. Sarah Snow's digital rendering of a hot cup of chamomile tea captures the soft and tender texture of the little blooms as well as their golden color. Its quiet arrangement suggests the mildly sedating effect of this herb.