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How to Grow Chamomile Herb
Chamomile herb makes a very popular and soothing herbal tea. That's reason enough for home gardeners to grow Chamomile in their herb garden. However, there is an added advantage to growing Chamomile. In the garden, pretty, sweet smelling Chamomile flowers sit atop attractive plants. Also spelled Camomile, it is native to Europe.
You don't have a herb garden? No problem! Chamomile's flowers make it a great candidate for the flower garden. If you are limited in space and really want some homemade tea, grow Chamomile plants in containers on your patio or deck.
How to Grow Chamomile:
Chamomile is easy to grow. They thrive in full sun. They prefer average to rich soils.
Chamomile are grown from seed. Sow seeds into your garden in the spring. Space seedlings or thin plants 15-18" apart. The plants grow from 12 to 30 inches, depending upon variety.
Regular application of fertilizer will help this plant to grow to it's maximum height. Provide sufficient water to keep the soil moist.
Harvest the flowers when they reach peak bloom. They can be used fresh, or dried. Spread flowers out to dry in a cool and ventilated area. More information on harvesting and drying herbs
Use flowers to make an old-fashioned tea. Add chamomile to other kinds of tea to make a refreshing blend. Serve hot, chill, or use in punch.
Grind a little Chamomile, and mix it with a little water into a paste to treat toothaches.
Camomile is also used to treat stomach aches, and in tonics.
Chamomile is used in homemade hair rinses. It is also an ingredient in cosmetics.
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