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How to Dry Chamomile Flowers

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How to Dry Chamomile Flowers

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Overview

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet
  • Cotton twine
  • Screen
  • Jar with lid

References

  • Grandma's Wisdom: Incredible Chamomile
  • NW Botanicals: Chamomile German
  • Herbs 2000: Chamomile
  • Henriettes Herbal Page: Drying Chamomile

Who Can Help

  • The Flower Expert: Chamomile Flower
  • King Tut's Shop: Chamomile Flowers
Keywords: drying chamomile flowers, harvesting chamomile flowers, using chamomile flowers, chamomile for tea, dried chamomile bouquet

About this Author

Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.