The chamomile plant is a herb that looks a bit like a small daisy. There are many different types of chamomile – the Roman, German and Egyptian varieties can all be infused for drinking. Because ‘tea’ strictly refers only to an infusion of leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, it is better to call chamomile a ‘herbal infusion’ than a ‘herbal tea’. If you don’t believe us, perhaps Benedict Cumberbatch can persuade you.
Chamomile tea taste guide
Our JING Chamomile comprises the very freshest and high quality chamomile flowers. They are picked and dried slowly to retain their essential oils, aroma and flavour. The result is a beautifully clean and clear, soothing floral taste that’s ideal for a caffeine-free infusion to be enjoyed at any time of day. We describe the experience of drinking our chamomile as floral, delicate and calming.
How to make chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is simple to make. For each 250ml cup of JING Chamomile, we suggest infusing 4g of tea in boiling water for 3 minutes. We’ve found this is the best way to release the natural vibrancy and flavour of the whole flowers for a superbly clean taste. You can re-infuse this tea once so you get two cups from your 4g.
How to make chamomile tea taste better
Herbal infusions like chamomile promise the rich variety of the entire plant kingdom. They draw on herbs, fruits, flowers and spices from around the world. The best herbal infusions draw on vibrant, natural flavours – with no need to add anything else.
For the best tasting chamomile tea, we source chamomile plants comes from Slavonia in eastern Croatia. We like the region’s late-summer blooms for their mellow, straw-like complexities. We use only the brightest whole flower heads, with a low proportion of dust, to produce a fresh and clean taste.
For something sweeter and thicker, try JING Pineapple & Chamomile. Unlike many ‘flavoured’ fruit and herbal infusions, it is hand-crafted from the finest ingredients: real tropical pineapple, whole chamomile and natural osmanthus. The result is sweet, floral and indulgent.
What is chamomile tea good for?
Chamomile was being used as a cold remedy as far back as ancient Egypt. Today, it’s best known as a relaxant that might help you enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Chamomile’s relaxing qualities could come from apigenin, a phytonutrient compound that is thought to have sedative effects. Other studies have shown that chamomile can ease mild anxiety. One particular piece of research suggested it could help new mothers improve the quality of their sleep and perhaps ease depression.
A small study involving adults with type 2 diabetes found that participants who drank a cup of chamomile tea after each of their three meals every day enjoyed some benefits. When you are finished enjoying your drink, there is still one more thing chamomile tea is good for. Happy planting.