Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) grows as a multi-branched annual herb that attains a height of 24 inches. Small daisy-like flowers appear from May to October. The plant has a pleasing pineapple fragrance. It grows best in full sunlight with a soil pH of 4.8 to 8.3. The leaves and flowers of the plant produce a pleasing herbal tea when dried which is believed to induce relaxation. Dried chamomile flowers make fragrant sachets and potpourri.
Clip chamomile flowers when they are in full bloom or just begining to open. Cut the flower so at least 12 inches of stem and leaves remain.
Spread a clean sheet on the ground if drying chamomile flowers for tea production. Tie the flowers into a bundle using soft cotton twine and hang upside down in a sunny, warm location over the sheet. The flower petals and leaves will fall to the sheet below when dried. To dry the flowers intact for dried flower bouquets, spread the flowers out on a flat screen. Place the screen in a sunny, warm location to dry where the flowers receive air circulation above and below the screen. Drying takes two to four weeks.
Gather the leaves and flower petals from the sheet. Place in a jar with a lid and put in a cool, dry place for use as tea. Gather the dried flower heads, stems and leaves from the screen and use as a dried bouquet.