Chamomile is a fragrant herb that is commonly made into teas and tinctures. It has several benefits, including acting as a sleep aid, skin soother, hair lightener and stress reliever. While you can use it fresh, it is most commonly found and stored dried. Add some dried chamomile flowers to your pantry to keep on hand for any of these uses.
Dried Chamomile Teas
You can steep dried, loose chamomile flowers into a tea for a soothing hot drink. Add honey and lemon for extra flavor.
Harney and Sons
If you intend to drink your chamomile as a tea but have little experience with tea balls or measuring, turn to Harney and Sons. Their dried chamomile flowers come in a tin that contains 20 sachets.
Dilmah packages loose, gourmet quality chamomile flowers into a 42-gram tin for ease of storage and use. Their tea is made of small, whole flowers and is yellow-green with bright yellow accents.
If you prefer to know the location of your tea, visit Local Harvest. Their chamomile tea is hand gathered and sold in one-ounce containers.
Bulk Chamomile Flowers
If you use dried chamomile in multiple ways like soap making, scented pillows, or herbal remedies, consider purchasing your flowers in bulk. You can often save money when you buy this way.
Monterey Bay Spice Company
Monterey Bay Spice Company sells German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) by the 1/4 pound for under $6 and by the pound for $14.
Nuts.com also sells bulk herbs including Egyptian chamomile. Purchase it in a 1-pound bag for about $16.
Some sources of dried chamomile also offer organic flowers. Choosing organic chamomile will help preserve all the benefits of the herb with no introduction of chemicals or pesticides.
Frontier offers German organic chamomile flowers. This particular chamomile is native to Europe and is available in 16-ounce bags
Oregon's Wild Harvest
Oregon's Wild Harvest offers 100% organic, non-GMO German chamomile in 4-ounce and 16-ounce bags.
Powdered Chamomile Flowers
Once chamomile flowers have been dried, manufacturers can easily crush or blend them into powders. Powders make excellent creams and tinctures and can be used in soaps and crafts.
Starwest Botanicals offers powdered organic chamomile flowers. The powder is sold by the pound and is sourced in Croatia.
Nuts Online offers powdered chamomile flowers made for steeping in hot water to make tea. Purchase this powder in one- and 20-pound bags.
Nature's Garden offers German chamomile powder. All powders are sold in 4-ounce or 16-ounce packages.
Add Dried Chamomile Flowers to Your Pantry
No matter what you plan on using your chamomile flowers for, make sure you have a good stock on hand for when you need it. Sample any of these varieties, remembering that sources can affect the taste, color, and aroma of the herb. You may find that having a new source inspires you to find new uses for your chamomile flowers.