Updated: May 29
The world of Chamomile... Known for her calming, relaxing and soothing qualities that have been cherished for centuries.
Whether you're a herbal enthusiast, a curious beginner, or simply seeking a calming escape, this herb deserves a special place in your fresh herb collection.
Because sadly, most Chamomile you buy today (especially in the form of little teabags) is very poor quality and doesn't provide Chamomile's true magical powers.
So what can we do? Grow our own! :)
Chamomile can be grown in a variety of climates, but it generally prefers a cool to moderate temperature, ideally between 10°C-24°C.
While it can tolerate some heat, extremely hot and humid conditions may cause the plant to struggle.
If you have land or a garden then lucky you... If not, don't worry!
You can grow Chamomile in a small windowsill or front door pot as she accepts a good container.
Here are some tips to help you successfully grow chamomile in a pot:
Pot selection: Choose a pot or container that is at least 15-20 cm deep and has drainage holes at the bottom. This ensures proper drainage and prevents waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.
Soil: Chamomile prefers well-draining soil. Use a high-quality, organic potting mix that is light and loamy. You can also add some organic matter, such as compost or coconut coir, to improve moisture retention and nutrient content.
Sunlight: Chamomile thrives in full sun, so place the pot on a sunny windowsill where it will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. If you don't have a sunny window, consider using a grow light to supplement the light requirements.
Watering: Chamomile prefers moderate moisture levels. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, but avoid overwatering. Ensure the excess water drains out through the drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil.
Pruning and Harvesting: Regularly trim the chamomile plant to encourage bushier growth and prevent it from becoming "leggy". Snip the flowers just above the foliage once they have fully opened.
Pest and Disease Control: Chamomile is generally resilient to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for aphids, spider mites, or powdery mildew. If necessary, treat the affected plants with organic pest control methods or consult a gardening expert for guidance.
Remember to rotate the pot occasionally to ensure even sunlight exposure and provide good air circulation around the plant.
With proper care and attention to its sunlight, watering, and pruning needs, chamomile can flourish in a windowsill pot, allowing you to enjoy the beauty and benefits of this delightful herb right in your home.
Become friends with Chamomile and learn to help each other.
When the flowers bloom, you can harvest her for teas, eye washes, herbal infusions of tinctures or oils, skin products as well as creative work like flower pressing gifts, candles, bath bombs and much more.
Chamomile is wonderful for calming the storm not only in your mind but also in your belly!
Please get in touch if you would like to work with Chamomile for your own healing benefits.