Chamomile is an easy to grow annual spring-flowering herb which self seeds readily. It does best grown in a part-shaded, well-drained spot .
Chamomile can help activate the composting process. Add chamomile to your your compost bin or pile to get things going.
2. Dark Circles
After being used to make tea chamomile tea bags can have a second life. Cooled, but still wet tea bags placed over your eyes can help to reduce dark shadows and soothe tired eyes. The used tea bags can then be added to the compost.
3. Companion Planting
Chamomile is an excellent companion plant. Sometimes referred as the "plant doctor" when planted next to a struggling plant it can help to revive that plant. It is said to improve the flavour of mint, onions and cabbages, but is best planted a good metre away from onions.
4. Chamomile Tea
To make this you will need boiling water, teaspoon each of dried chamomile and dried lavender buds, a tea strainer and a tea cup.
Place the chamomile and lavender in the tea strainer and sit it on top of the cup. Pour in enough boiling water that the herbs are covered. Allow to infuse for about 10 minutes. By this time the tea is a drinkable temperature. Add lemon juice or honey to taste.
Steep one handful of chamomile flowers in a litre of boiling water for twenty minutes. When cooled this infusion can be used as a rinse to lighten and condition fair hair. Stored in the fridge this will keep for about two weeks.
A chamomile infusion made exactly the same way as above can be added to bath water to ease the effects of sunburn.
7. Chamomile tea for the garden
Place a handful of chamomile flowers in a bucket. Cover with cold water (about 2 litres) and leave to soak for 2 days. Strain out the flowers. The resulting liquid can be used to revive tired looking or struggling plants. It can be applied with a spray bottle or water the soil around the base of the plant sparingly.
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