My Unfortunate Journey with Chamomile Plants.




Recently, I have been exploring new things, taking responsibilities, and enjoying the gift of nature.

Being that I was brought up in Nigeria a country in the western part of Africa, I didn't have the chance to enjoy some fruits and foods that were grown in other continents.

I guess this is normal on the grounds that some plants grow better on some kind of soil. It could be that the climatical condition is not favourable for the production of the plants. Truthfully, there are numerous elements that contribute to this.

Living in Italy has exposed me to some new things. Unfortunately, living in Italy has denied me access to those yummy foods and fruits I was raised with.

Something I've found interesting is the Chamomile. Chamomile smells wonderful and tastes fabulous. I had a great deal of Chamomile tea in winter.

I think I got addicted to Chamomile tea when I went through a month in the hospital.  I was served chamomile tea during the evening after dinner.  It was so reviving and soothing.


Now my hospital days are over; I am feeling much better. I am supposed to visit the hospital daily for Physiotherapy and rehabilitation. However, I had to skip this exercise in light of the fact that the hospital is super far from where I live.

With the help of my father-in-law, after lunch each day , we go out to walk for a minimum of three hours and a maximum of five hours. It was tough at the beginning, but after some while, I got used to it.



All of this happened in the summer of 2018.

One afternoon, we went about our normal business and I sensed a strong smell of Chamomile which intrigued me.

After taking some steps further we found a big field where Chamomile Plants were developing. The field was so yellow; with thanks to the sun, it was glowing. At that point, I knew I wanted some.

It was difficult to convince my father-in-law to join me but he accepted anyway.

Our first mission in the chamomile camp wasn't a success. We didn't have the foggiest idea of how to pick or even process it.

After the day's training, we asked friends and family for recommendations and advice about the chamomile plant. We got help, as they gave us some valuable information on how to go about picking some Chamomile. For some reasons, seeking help from youTube videos did not cross my mind.

We returned to the field weeks later only to find that the field has been cleaned. We were lucky to find another field with Chamomile but it was not as gracious as the first one I found. Of course, I picked some and you are about to learn how to make the most of Chamomile, maybe!

On the off chance that you don't know, Chamomile is derived from the Asteraceae group of plants. When dried they can be utilized for various herbal and natural remedies and poultices, as well as for making some great “ tea”.

Through Studies, it has been discovered that German and Roman species of Chamomile have the most grounded convergences of advantageous compounds and supplements.

To Pick the Chamomile plants from the field, we used scissors to cut through half of the Chamomile plant. That was not the best thing to do. In our situation, it was the best option we had.


Normally, it is ideal to pick the yellow part from the plant. Considering that we were in a big field filled with weeds and Chamomile plants, the only thing on our mind was to cut what we wanted and leave before an animal attacks us. By the way, we were already dealing with some sun flies which were having us for lunch.

If you aren't a fraidy cat like us you can stick to picking the yellow portion.

To Prepare the Chamomile for consumption. It is ideal to let them dry but not under direct contact with the sun. Unfortunately, I kept my Chamomile directly under the sun for days. I don't know why I did that but I did it anyway.

Dried Chamomile Plants.


After some days it became super dry to the point that when you touch the chamomile plant, the flowers crumbles.

In my opinion, my experience with the chamomile plate was a fail. I don't regret anything, after all, I have a lot of processed chamomile in my possession. This was a project I did for the fun of it.

After the Chamomile was dry, I proceed to separate the stem from the flower. This process was not easy also. I spent a lot of time rubbing them against themselves till they fall off easily.


Dried Chamomile Plants.

Afterwards, I packed them in a tea bag and stored them. This was one serious work.

In the event that you plan to process your chamomile tea at home. Make a point to pick the flowers just so you don't have to go through the long process like I did.

Try not to dry your plant directly under the sun. As should be obvious from the image, my chamomile plant are excessively dried and shrank. Without a doubt, we need the chamomile dried but what we don't want is to have them shrink.

My observation from tasting the Chamomile is that; the ones I picked and handled myself are more grounded in taste compared to the ones I got from the store. The ones I processed a home had a bitter after taste. I truly can't tell if it is a positive or negative thing. The Chamomile tea I have at home is fragile in taste.

Additionally, the scent of the chamomile I had at home was more intense compared with the ones I picked from the field.

I truly can't tell what the explanation behind this distinction is. If you have any idea, do well to let me know in the comment section.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CAMOMILE TEA

  • A warm cup of natural chamomile tea can help you feel very relaxed, which can contribute to you sleeping like a baby, waking up feeling very refreshed.  
  • It reduces menstrual pain.
  • It reduces blood pressure.
  • It helps in reducing blood sugar
  • It reduces inflammation.
  • It Prevents cancer
  • It treats mild skin infection among others.

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35 comments

  1. I absolutely love the chamomile tea, although I can't say I have ever picked it and processed it myself! What an adventure! I'm glad you are doing well since getting out of the hospital, and I hope the chamomile tea continues to help.

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    1. It was a waste of time but fun at the same time. At least for me.

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  2. Wow, never knew chamoline has a lot of intriguing benefits for the body and health. I have to try it out too. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I knew that Chamomile is extremely healthy and i drink chamomile tea all the time. It is super cool that you get to pick it yourself, never tried it. Super cool.

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  4. I get all the health benefits about camomile tea but am not sold on the taste yet. I prefer it with a touch of honey!

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    1. I prefer it with some sugar. Honey kind of changes the entire taste.

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  5. I have never thought to do this! They are such a beautiful little flower too! Thank you for the information!

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  6. I have never had chamomile tea! I don't know why - I love tea! haha

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  7. I am not a really big tea fan but I have heard great things about this kind of tea. I have never picked it either!

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  8. What an interesting learning experience, now you know what to and not to do

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  9. I had no idea that is what chamomile looks like! I love hearing that oyu found something good out of a hospital experience, too.

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  10. Chamomile tea sound soothing and delicious and I would love to try it out. I also enjoy regular green tea :)

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  11. I know that chamomile is such a pretty flowers but never thought that we could have a lot of benefits from it. Another new tings I've learned today. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I love tea but never tries a chamomile tea. Sounds really good and healthy. I'll have to try this.

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  13. I absolutely love chamomile tea. It is great that you have organic tea available to you.

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  14. I never knew chamomile have all these benefits. I love drinking chamomile tea sometimes, I would drink more often now.

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  15. I have actually never seen any chamomille in a field but I do have the tea :)

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  16. You never really appreciate the tastes of home until you don't have them anymore. I would have never thought that someone would become hooked on chamomile tree but then not find it anywhere. It's such a common tea found everywhere in Europe. Maybe you can try buying some seeds online and grow your own plant? :)

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  17. I usually drink chamomile tea to help calm me down, I had no idea that chamomile had so many other benefits. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

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  18. I love chamomile tea,but never try to brew a fresh one. Just from teabags.

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  19. whenever I have issues with my stomach I have some chamomile tea. I always have some in my kitchen x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.com/

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  20. I do love a good tea. I usually drink black tea over ice and the stronger the better. Chamomile is lovely and light.

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  21. I like to drink chamomile tea from time to time but more of a black tea person. First time to see an actual chamomile plant, thanks to you!

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  22. I personally am not a big fan of tea but it was interesting to know more about the health benefits of chamomile tea.

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  23. Wow! This so very informative. I really love tea. But this one is my new favorite. I really need this to calm my nerves. LOL

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  24. chamomile is one of my favorite. I make sure to have it in the weekends for sure.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Thanks for sharing. I had no idea that Chamomile had that many benefits to it. As far as I know it's not grown around where we live though.

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  26. Very timely read) I am going to use all the benefits of it shortly. It is on my list of things to get tomorrow for treating cough.

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  27. Well I have heard about chamomile. Its really interesting that it was so effective for your health. May you improve more.

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