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  • Writer's pictureJon Mychal Heatherly

The Perfect Tea to Relax and Unwind

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

Floral notes of honey and apple

Most people associate chamomile with its tea infusions, from the Greek word ‘chamaimelon’ or ground apple. Find this annual growing wild around the Mediterranean — where it’s native to Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia. Humans consumed it for reasons ranging from assisting sleep, encouraging relaxation, and embalming the dead.

Chamomile has been used since ancient Egypt. It was burned as incense in an offering to the sun god Ra. Peter Rabbit drank this herbal tea after being chased by Mr. McGregor in Beatrix Potter’s 1902 children’s classic.

Scientific name: Chamaemelum nobile (Roman chamomile) Tastes: light, sweet, floral, hints of apple and honey Uses: tea infusion, ritual, homeopathy

Recipe: Chamomile Tea

Boil water. Steep flowers for 5–7 minutes. Add citrus, spices, and sweeten as desired. Stevia and local honey taste great.

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