When most people hear mention of chamomile tea, their minds spring to “bedtime.” However, those in the know understand that this delectable beverage has much more to offer. When brewed appropriately, it can provide excellent benefits, both for mental and physical health. Before taking advantage of the full scope of flavor and well-rounded health, it’s important to learn the intricacies and ways to use the best chamomile tea.
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Savoring the Best Chamomile Tea
All around the world, herbal teas are praised for their delicate flavors, simplicity, and the ease with which they can offer a moment of health and reflection to any routine. However, this all comes with a catch.
Most black and green teas– the most common varieties by far– come from the same strain of tea bush, a hearty, durable plant whose leaves can be harvested and cured to create deliciously strong flavors. By contrast, herbal teas are derived from a variety of leaves, flowers, and herbal plants; understandably, they don’t often withstand the same levels of rough treatment.
To make the most of your chamomile tea, it’s best to start with an understanding of the differences behind every miraculous sip. From here, you can begin to experience the benefits at their height, savoring your daily mug of the best chamomile tea.
Invest in High Quality
All teas are not made equal, and in the world of herbal teas, that rule doubles.
Of all the herbal teas, chamomile stands apart, widely considered one of the most adored. Made from the chamomile flower– a member of the daily family– this gentle tea is also among the most delicate.
In this herbal delicacy, quality matters. For this reason, many often choose to grow their very own chamomile, allowing them to rest easy in the knowledge that their tea is being brewed from flowers completely free of chemicals or pesticides. Though this dedication definitely pays off, thankfully, it isn’t the only way to enjoy a relaxing cup of high-quality tea as Willow meticulously chooses every ingredient on the menu.
When purchasing your own tea leaves, carefully research the company’s growing practices, and look for organic, ethically sourced ingredients. You’ll taste the difference!
Brew More Slowly
With most teas, the standard practice follows as such: bring water to boiling, submerge the tea for around four minutes, and enjoy.
For chamomile, it pays to take your time.
We suggest starting the process with clear, purified spring water to make the most of every cup. Rather than boiling your water completely, pull it from the heat just before it reaches its boiling point. From here, slowly and gently pour this water over your loose chamomile leaves, allowing them to float freely as they steep for around 6 to 8 minutes.
To filter your tea, run it through a non-bleached paper filter and strainer, which will catch even the tiniest petals. Allow the tea to cool to an enjoyable temperature, and then, enjoy every sip. Or let us brew for you!
Savor the Flavor
In any case, chamomile carries amazing benefits for physical health: curing sleep issues, settling nausea, and even lowering rates of inflammation and anxiety.
However, by turning this simple cup into a ritual in addition to a treat, you can take the extra step towards purposefully raising the benefits it carries for mental health as well.
Before enjoying your first taste of this tea, close your eyes, hover over the steaming mug, and inhale. Take a moment to enjoy the floral notes. If you added any kind of sweetener, citrus, or lavender, see if you can identify those flavors among the bouquet.
As you enjoy your first taste, do so slowly and mindfully. Concentrate on the exact temperature of the beverage. Focus in on the flavor, describing it in your mind and holding it there as you allow the rest of the world to melt away.
This is more than just a tea; when done right, it can be a moment of silence in an otherwise noisy, chaotic world. On your way too or from the office, why not pop into Willow and enjoy a little piece of calm with our chamomile tea today?
Enjoying your Evening at Willow
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a relaxing close to your evening or a break in the middle of the day, Willow is ready to please. You’re guaranteed to enjoy the best chamomile tea behind the doors of our gorgeous, comforting restaurant.
No matter the dietary restrictions, every guest can find something to love on our full menu. Come enjoy a meal in our gorgeously designed restaurant or place an order for pickup/delivery to treat yourself to a well-deserved dinner.