the little strainers are cheap and you can usually find them at yard sales
do you have the German or Roman Chamomile? I don't know about the Roman but if you break a piece of the leaf off of the German it smells like green apples .. People in england have used it to replace lawns .. to harvest you walk along with your fingers spread and kind of swoop off the flower heads .. you can use it fresh or dried
Roman chamomileis a creeping perennial herb that grows close to the ground, up to a foot in length. It is indigenous to the UK and most of Western Europe. The herb's little flower heads grow singly on each stem, and bloom in late spring through late summer. As it grows, its leaves form a thick, mat-like ground cover that is resilient to being walked on. For centuries, the English have used it create scented lawns, such as the famous chamomile lawn in Britain's Buckingham Palace.
German or Hungarian chamomile is an annual herb, with long, erect stems that grow two to three feet tall. It blooms from May to October. This variety is native to Europe and western Asia, where it grows wild along roadsides and in fields, and is also cultivated in gardens. In Germany, it is regarded as the "genuine" chamomile.
My book says use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of fresh herd leaves for each cup of bioling water, let it steep for 10 minutes, [duh like your gonna drink bioling water before letting it cool down!] haha, says use china, or glass, im guessing ceramis is ok too, metals n stainless steel can cause change in the tast with some herbs. the tea recippe says leaves but its not talking about one perticular plant. the quick guid says Chamomile: Make a infusion from the flowers and drink one cup two or three times a day to relive cramps, upset stomachs, and to aid digestion. im guessing you use the flowers phor tea too. Infusion : pretty much same as tea 2 Tablespoons of dried herbs, or 1,1/2 fresh herb leaves or flowers. washed n dried well. 2 cups boiling water pour water over herb allowing it to brew phor 15 minutes to several hours. use a glass, ceramic pot and fresh spring water or distilled water. Strain n drink they are pretty! look like the wild daisys that grow around here, but shorter.
wow thers all kinds you can make tea out of! Bee Balm, harvest leaves phor tea just before blooming n dry them quickly phor best flavor, Betony, collect leaves in july just before bloomingm dry quickly n store in airtight container to make a plesant tea. [ gargle tea made from astringent leaves to treat throat irritations, or drink tea to treat diarrha] Burdock, at the end of the first season, dig up roots, scrub ans slice them, dry on paper in sun, store in airtight containers n use phor tea, you can also use the root fresh in salads or soups or steam or saute the roots or leaves. Catnip, in late summer strip topmost leaves from stems and spread them to dry on a screen in the shade, or hang bunches upside down, store in tightly sealed container, make a tea from dried leaves to use as a carminarive, tonic, and mild sedative, also use freash leaves in salads. Goldenrod, use leaves to make a tea to treat flatulence. New Jersey tea [Ceanothus americanus] collect leaves anytime, use fresh or dried to make tea, Pipsissewa [Chimaphila umbellata] harvest leaves in late summer to early fall. store in airtight container, tea made with pipsissewa leaves has a good reputation as a remedy for kidney proublems. Red Clover collect flowers at full bloom n dry on paper in shade, use to make slightly sweet tea thats said to purify the blood, relieve irritating coughs, ans a mild sedative. Sage snip fresh leaves as needed, or hang and dry, refraim from harvesting the first year,a tea of sage is said to settle the stomach, Savory,winter harvest fresh as needed, or cut and dry before bloom, use as a flavoring in dishes, teas,herb butter, n vinegars.
Coffee!! Chicory. collect roots in fall, dry n grind them phor a coffee substitute. also use freash leaves in salads or cook like spinach,chicory dose not dry or freeze well, coffee collect the berries when they are deep red, extract the seeds and roast. Dandelion dig roots in fall, slice them in small pieces, air dry or roast in a slow oven, use dried, roasted, and ground roots phor a caffeine free coffee substitute. also harvest fresh young leaves phor salads,soups, n wine
Laura, ya just brew the clover flowers? Or leaves or both? And how do ya make the lemon balm tea? I had lemon verbena lemonade once, way yummy!
I dry the clover..only the clover..no leaves..take a good size pan..quart size plus & boil the water & dump in a good bunch of it..I don't measure..I like it to be semi strong.. Stir down the clover & cover the pot let sit..I don't drink it warm as I personally don't care for it warm.. I put a good amount of honey in it..when I have it in a quart jar..& put it in the fridge..Then I drink it at work putting ice in it when it dissolves..
I might be grazing my yard too! I got free herbs n didnt know it! or at least transplanting so some dont get mowed Im phinding more n more plants i thought were just weeds are useful! adding honey to the clover sounds good too. ill try it with and without.