Classic, soothing herbal tea with apple-like notes. Naturally caffeine free.
In the tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter eats himself sick in Mr. McGregor's garden. When he gets home, his mother gives him chamomile tea to calm his stomach and sooth his nerves.
Chamomile is known as both a pretty flower and an ancient healer. The word "chamomile" is derived from the Greek "chamos" (ground) and "melos" (apple), referring to chamomile's low growth habit and apple scented blossoms. The daisy-like flowers of the Chamomile plant reminded the ancient Egyptians of the sun, calling it "Herb of the Sun". The Germans have used chamomile for centuries for its medicinal properties. In fact, chamomile is so popular in Germany it is called "alles zutraut" (capable of anything).
Extensive research over the past 20 years has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant including: as an anti-spasmodic - to aid digestive disorders, prevent ulcers and calm stomach cramps; as a tranquilizer - to calm the central nervous system and relax the body; as an anti-bacterial - to heal skin irritations and diseases; and as an anti-inflammatory - to relieve aches and pains, particularly arthritis pains.
There are two species of Chamomile - the German or Hungarian variety and the Roman or English variety. German Chamomile is an annual that reaches 3 feet and is the variety that is most prevalent in the United States. Roman Chamomile is a perennial ground cover less than 9 inches tall. Both chamomile varieties have downy stems, feathery leaves and daisy-like flowers with yellow centers and white petals. Roman Chamomile is often used as a ground cover on garden paths. Walking on it releases chamomile's lovely apple fragrance and it is actually good for the plant.
Today chamomile is one of the world's best selling herbs. Chamomile is a very popular herbal tea and it is also used in perfumes, soaps, bath oils, skin care products, and in shampoos to add luster to blonde hair.
Stash buys chamomile from Egypt where the climate and farming expertise make this chamomile the best in the world. Egyptian Chamomile has the largest, brightest flowers with the most fragrance and flavor. Stash Chamomile brews a beautiful golden cup with a delicate, classic apple-like flavor and fragrance. It is a soothing drink that is good anytime of the day, but especially relaxing in the evening.
TIP: When brewing chamomile be sure to add a little extra to your infuser as it is very fluffy and light. However, remember to never fill an infuser more than half full, as the chamomile needs room to infuse properly.