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Chamomile Tea

OK, so this is not a complicated “recipe” per se, but there are a couple of things you need to know to make the perfect cuppa. First of all, your chamomile tea is not a proper tea at all; it’s a tisane (tuh-ZAN in the U.S.) A tisane is an infusion of herbs as opposed to tea, which is an infusion of tea leaves. Of course, we’re still going to call it all tea. But it’s a neat fact to have on hand when you need it.

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Chamomile tea

Chamomile Tea

OK, so this is not a complicated “recipe” per se, but there are a couple of things you need to know to make the perfect cuppa. First of all, your chamomile tea is not a proper tea at all; it’s a tisane (tuh-ZAN in the U.S.) A tisane is an infusion of herbs as opposed to tea, which is an infusion of tea leaves. Of course, we’re still going to call it all tea. But it’s a neat fact to have on hand when you need it.

  • Author: Norann Oleson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1 1x
  • Category: Beverages

Ingredients

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  • 2 teaspoons of fresh chamomile flowers, or 1 teaspoon dried blossoms
  • 1 cup hot (but not boiling) water
  • Honey to taste, if desired

Instructions

  1. Heat water just to the boiling point. Avoid heating water to a rolling boil, as it will damage fresh chamomile blossoms.
  2. Add fresh or dried chamomile flowers to a tea ball or infuser.
  3. Pour water over the flowers into a mug or teacup.
  4. Cover the mug with a lid or saucer and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Remove infuser/tea ball and put the steeped flowers in the compost.
  6. Season tea with honey if you like.
  7. Sit back, sip, and relax!

Have you tried this recipe? It’s so simple and delicious—please tell us how it turned out for you.

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