5 Easy Steps to Make Chamomile Tea Properly

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Chamomile tea is a popular herbal drink made from dried chamomile flowers. See how to make this caffeine-free tisane, hot and cold.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is an herbal infusion made from dried chamomile flowers steeped in water.

  • Naturally caffeine-free.
  • It’s a flowering plant with white petals and a mustard-yellow center that looks like a daisy.
  • There are a few varieties of chamomile and only two types are used for tea: German chamomile and the Roman Chamomile.
  • Chamomile is considered to aid in relaxation so it’s a common ingredient in tea blends to help you sleep.

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Brewing Guide

BREW IT HOT
TEA:
1 tablespoon loose chamomile tea
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
208°F
STEEP TIME:
5 minutes

BREW IT COLD
TEA:
1 tablespoon loose chamomile tea
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
Cold water
STEEP TIME:
12 hours

Conversion Chart

TO MAKEWATERTEA
1 serving1 cup1 tablespoon chamomile tea
2 servings2 cups2 tablespoons chamomile tea
4 servings4 cups
(1 quart)
1/4 cup chamomile tea
8 servings8 cups
(2 quarts)
1/2 cup chamomile tea

My Chamomile Tea Pick:

dried chamomile flowers

Questions You May Have

How do you pronounce chamomile?
There are two ways to pronounce chamomile and both are correct. The “h” is silent so it’s pronounced as either KAM-MAH-MEEL or KAM-MUH-MILE.

What does chamomile tea taste like?
Chamomile tea has a strong, heady aroma and tastes earthy with floral and apple notes. If it’s steeped for too long it has a very medicinal taste that I’m not a fan of. 

Is there caffeine?
Nope, there’s not a trace of caffeine in chamomile tea. It makes for a great nighttime drink since it’s caffeine-free.

Are there any calories?
There are no calories are in chamomile tea as long as you don’t add any milk or sugar.

Loose tea, tea sachets, or tea bags?
For the best quality chamomile tea, use loose tea. Tea sachets are next in quality and tea bags are the lowest in quality since the chamomile are all crushed into tiny bits.

Is chamomile tea a real tea?
All herbal teas, including chamomile, are not real or true teas. Real tea only comes from the camellia sinensis plant, and since chamomile comes from the chamomile plant it’s not a real tea. 

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Chamomile Tea Tips

  • I prefer to use a glass teapot to make herbal tea so you can see the pretty herbals in water.
  • Cold brewed chamomile can be steeped for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • You can make different kids of simple syrup by dissolving honey, brown sugar, or date syrup instead of regular sugar in hot water.

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Chamomile tea ingredients

What You’ll Need

Hot chamomile tea in a glass teapot

How to Make It Hot Properly

STEP 1: Boil water.

The best tea is made with the best water. Use filtered water if possible. 

I always make tea using my trusty electric kettle with temperature setting. I set the water to 208°F for chamomile tea, which is a bit under a full boil.

Boil more water than needed for the cup you’re going to drink since you want extra water to warm up the teapot.

STEP 2: Warm up teapot.

Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around. Discard the water.

When the teapot is nice and warm, the water poured in to brew the tea won’t cool down as fast.

STEP 3: Put chamomile loose tea into teapot and add hot water.

The formula: 1 tablespoon of chamomile tea to every cup of water.

If you want a less fragrant or more subtle flavor, go down to 2 teaspoons of chamomile tea for every cup of water.

STEP 4: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.

The minimum time to steep herbal tea is 5 minutes. Go ahead and steep it for longer if you like but I’ve found that 5 minutes to be the optimal steep time.

Herbal tea, like chamomile, won’t get bitter when it oversteeps so it’s not as fussy as black tea or green tea — don’t worry if you steep it for more than 5 minutes.

STEP 5: Strain chamomile solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.

TA DA! You’ve got yourself a perfect cup of fragrant and soothing cup of chamomile tea.

I don’t like my chamomile tea sweetened, but if you do, try sugar, honey, or date syrup.

Iced chamomile tea in a cup

How to Make It Iced Properly

If you want to make iced chamomile tea, the best way is to make it cold brewed. 

STEP 1: Put chamomile loose tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.

Use cool or room temperature water. Hot water isn’t involved in the cold brewing process. 

Use filtered water if possible for the best tasting cold brewed iced tea.

I used a glass teapot with strainer but you can also use a cold brew maker which is specifically made for making cold brew tea or coffee.

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

You can leave it in the refrigerator to cold brew for up to 24 hours.

STEP 3: Strain out chamomile solids and pour tea into a cup.

With cold brew, adding ice is optional. 

If you want to sweeten your chamomile tea, use simple syrup (half water, half sugar). It’ll be the easiest to incorporate into your tea. 

Make simple sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves.

Recipes with Chamomile

Chamomile Tea

Author: Jee Choe
Chamomile tea is a popular herbal drink made from dried chamomile flowers.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 1 cup water + more to warm teapot for hot tea
  • 1 tablespoon chamomile loose tea
  • Ice (optional for iced chamomile tea)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F. Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot. Filtered water is best.
  • Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into a teapot and swirl it around a bit. Discard the water.
  • Put chamomile tea into teapot and add hot water.
  • Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain chamomile solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.

NOTES

TO MAKE COLD BREW CHAMOMILE TEA
1. Put chamomile loose tea and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container. 
Filtered water is best for a better tasting iced tea.
2. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
3. Strain out chamomile solids and pour tea into a cup.
Ice is optional since the tea is already cold.
TO SWEETEN ICED CHAMOMILE TEA
To sweeten iced chamomile tea, use simple syrup.
You can easily make simple sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar (or honey, date syrup, or brown sugar) and hot water until the sugar dissolves.
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6 thoughts on “5 Easy Steps to Make Chamomile Tea Properly”

  1. Such an interesting article! I love chamomile tea for its taste and lightness, when ordinary black tea bothers me, I turn to chamomile. I did not know that there were any subtleties in its preparation. Usually I just make boiling water and let the tisane brew. Chamomile tea calms well and helps with stomach-ache.

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  2. Great article. I am planning to make a litre of chamomile tea (roughly 4.5 US cups/ 34fl oz), every night to drink at room temperature the next day. I only have chamomile teabags to use. My plan was to boil water and leave it on the kitchen table to brew overnight. Do you know roughly how many teabags I should use for this? I’m assuming it’s fewer than the amount you’d use ratio-wise for having the same amount of individual mugs Many thanks.

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