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What can you make with chamomile?

post #1 of 20
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What can you make with chamomile?
(besides tea)
post #2 of 20
Fresh chamomille flowers are so cute, I always remember collecting them and drying them in a vase. As far as food? I know too many people who are allergic to flowers to even try putting it in salad.

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post #3 of 20
It is used in teas and homeopathic medicines almost exclusively.
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post #4 of 20
Chamomile is also used in external applications, such as in salves and lotions that treat mild skin problems such as rashes and burns. It is also used in salves to relax tired and sore muscles. You'll also find chamomile in shampoo, some cosmetics, and in bath salts. Chamomile is pretty much allergy-free, and is a good alternative to products that contain chemicals and unnatural ingredients in these instances.

Lately it's been used a lot in aromatherapy applications, and chamomile oil is being used as a type of deodorizer and air freshner. A few people I know use it for that purpose and have nice smelling homes - a better alternative than Fabreze and other similar commercial products.

There are several varieties of chamomile, all with different aromatic profiles depending on the species and where it's grown. Smell the different types of chamomile oil to find just what you are looking for.

Chamomile plants have been used in gardens as a natural insecticide, and some people think of the plant as bringing good luck.

I've been enjoying chamomile in tea since the ol' hippy days back in 1967-68. And every now and then I'll put some dried chamomile in a vase and stick it somewhere in the house, but my cat sometimes attacks it, so I don't do that too often these days.
post #5 of 20
Try infusing them into a panna cotta, or making an infused creme anglaise for a dessert sauce.
post #6 of 20
you can use it as a hair rinse to make your hair lighter or blonder

i have never tried this but i think it would be lovely with roasted chicken maybe as part of the stuffing

if you have a colicky baby you can make a tea/tisane with it then dilute it with water so its about 1/4 strength and then you can give it to the baby in a bottle or if its a mum doing it and shes breast feeding she can drink it and will go through to the baby , it settles them down really quickly and gets rid of the colic
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post #7 of 20
Yes! A "bleached blonde" chicken. Plate that sukka up and put it on the buffet <LOL>
post #8 of 20

I just made Chamomile Honey Marshmallows

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I just made marshmallows (French Laundry recipe) and replaced the water with chamomile tea and the corn syrup with my dad's wildflower honey. They are perfect for a hot cup of tea and just to eat on their own, very dainty and ladylike. I might make them up for my friends who like tea.
post #9 of 20
OHhhh yum they sound gorgous
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post #10 of 20
Why dont you try a lawn.
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post #11 of 20
i'm with you on this. Pretty gross as tea already. Here they give it to people to help them relax. Bla. It's great in the lawn, though, releasing it's sweet grassy smell underfoot - but not to eat. (personal opinion, of course).
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post #12 of 20
It was quite mild with the honey, but it is one of those "you like it or you don't" flavors. Sort of like lavender. I love how lavender smells, but when it's in food, ick.
post #13 of 20

i must be a real flower power girl

because i love lavender in food yum its one of my favourite food flavours , i just love flowers in salads, and in lots of other things
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post #14 of 20
Not exactly peach season but I love chamomile and I found this NYT recipe , I haven't made it but it sounds delicious!
post #15 of 20
when the flower is nasturtiums, then i can take it in food, the taste is a little like radish or rucola, but when it's a perfumey flower, i really don;t like it. Like rose water flavoring, makes the desert taste like hand cream or something. I guess it's an acquired taste. Personally, i never much liked floral perfumes even in perfume! I prefer spice scents.
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post #16 of 20
Wasn't chamomile tea what Peter Rabbit's mother made to soothe him after his narrow escape from Mr. MacGregor? :o

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post #17 of 20
yes its a great soother, you can use it to get to sleep or if your stressed, if you have a colicky baby you can make a weak solution and give it to them in a bottle or if the mum is breast feeding and bubs is colicky she can drink it and it will sooth the babe through the milk
if you have an upset tummy its a good tummy settler , its also good after a plate of really spicy food
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when life hands you lemons, make lemon gelee, lemon meringue pie, or any other dessert your heart desires

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post #18 of 20
I'd try an Ice cream, as Rosemary and Lavender are good in ice cream in my opinion. I think this would also work. Or even steeped in a creme anglaise, syrup, or something of that nature like that previous post said. Candied ginger chamomile ice cream may work
post #19 of 20

Thank you... Exactly!  This is what I had in mind but wanted to find someone who had done it before. Now I'll go ahead. 

post #20 of 20
Could be a really dumb idea, but I would wrap in cheese cloth along with equal part mint and dill, then plunk it in Greek yogurt with garlic paste and diced cucumber for texture. Let sit for a while while flavors meld.

Might make a decent and healthy tzatziki though doesn't really resolve your allergy issue and I honestly have never tried it before. I just know chamomile requires some sort of balance of flavor if you are going to put it in something.
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