If you suffer from anxiety, insomnia, or even just regular old garden variety stress, chamomile tea is one of the best and most readily available herbal treatments around.

I like to grow and dry my own, but you can get good quality chamomile at health food stores, and in a pinch it’s even available in supermarkets.

The only thing I don’t always love about it is it’s weirdly savoury floral flavour. It can be a bit overwhelming, in it’s one-note bloominess, so I like to augment that by adding two other ingredients when I make a brew.

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Chamomile tea with honey and vanilla

Ingredients:
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method:
  1. Place honey and vanilla in a tea cup.
  2. Put chamomile flowers in an infuser, and stick that in the cup too.
  3. Pour in boiling water, and allow to steep for at leat 3-5 minutes.
  4. Stir to ensure honey and vanilla haven’t settled on the bottom of your cup.
  5. Drink.

 

These two simple additions make the whole chamomile experience yummier, and you’ll find yourself reaching for a cup way more than you used to. So here’s to a calmer mind, deeper sleeps, and more relaxed days!

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