This week I’m kicking off a brand new category of posts where I’ll be introducing you to the tastes and aromas of a variety of herbal teas. I think this is a great way to help figure out what types of herbal tea blends you might want to try next, and it may even give you some ideas about which new herbs to try with your current favorites. Flavor profiles will be all about exploring the scent and taste of herbs while also looking at what other herbs they may partner up well with. Enjoy!
Chamomile Herbal Tea
I decided to start this series with Chamomile since it’s a classic and a staple for most every herbal tea enthusiast. These sweet daisy-like flowers are being cultivated across the world, and they tend to find their way into as many healing blends as peppermint and green tea! It is believed that chamomile herbal tea is one of the top three enjoyed teas in the world, alongside green tea and peppermint. If you haven’t experienced what this amazing and joyful little flower can do, I hope this post inspires you to give it a sip!
Basic Healing Properties
- Calming and soothing
- Relaxes sore muscles
- Aids in restful sleep
- Helps stop nausea and upset stomach
- Quits the mind and emotions
- Makes an excellent addition to soaks and baths for the skin
The Flavor Of Chamomile Herbal Tea
The very name of this flowering plant comes from the Greek ‘chamai melon‘ which means ‘ground apple’. The fragrance of the fresh and especially dried whole flowers is surprisingly like a crisp apple, and the flavor carries the same taste. Chamomile herbal tea is grounded and earthy with hints of apple and floral sweetness. It has a light, airy, and really palatable taste that most people enjoy.
Chamomile herbal tea usually doesn’t need to be sweetened at all due to its natural light and floral notes, but a bit of honey can transform it into a true dessert tea instantly! A slice of fresh red apple added to your infusion can also bring some extra flavor and texture to the taste.
Chamomile flowers are delicate when brewed. Over-steeping leads to their underlying bitterness coming to the surface. A great cup of tea made from this timeless herb is best under-steeped. A 6 or 7 minute steep in just-boiling water is usually perfect.
While many people enjoy chamomile herbal tea on its own, it makes a really wonderful addition to just about any blend thanks to its sweetness, synergy, and adaptability. Apple is really an all-purpose fruit in culinary traditions, and that carries over to the apple-like taste of chamomile in tea.
Here are some herbs that go really well with chamomile…
- St. John’s Wort
- Rose Petals
- Ginger Root
- Orange Rind
Brew some chamomile flowers today and enjoy this classic herbal tea!