I harvested by very first batch of chamomile last week and I am delighted to say it is now dried and ready for use! I left a third of this months crop in the garden for the bees and they seem to be making good use of them.
I had decided to cut two thirds of the chamomile we had grown into bunches and hang them upside down in the big cupboard under the stairs. It smelt wonderful in there as they were drying but I think next time I shall just pick the flower heads straight off the plant and let them air dry. The reason for this is that they made a bit of a mess when I went to take them off the dried plant stems and mostly disintegrated (as you can see from the photo below) but they are still usable to make tea with the help of a muslin square or a bit of cheesecloth and a strainer *smiles*
With this first little crop I have decided to keep half to make tea and the other half I intend to make into an infused oil. Here is a fabulous article to follow if you fancy making your own herbal infused oil from Whispering Earth. I shall be making mine by solar infusing it…simply leaving in on the windowsill once made and let the sunshine do the rest 😉
We are starting out small but I am guessing this is going to be something I will be experimenting with a lot as the herbs in the garden get themselves established. I can’t wait to start adding bits and bobs to other homemade products.
Totally organic! Doesn’t get much better, does it?