How to Grow Chamomile



Chamomile is a versatile herbal remedy that has been used since ancient times for numerous health benefits. It is derived from the flowers of the chamomile plant and contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, insomnia, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, and other conditions. Additionally, research suggests that topical chamomile may help treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Growing Chamomile


Chamomile plants require a lot of sunlight in order to thrive. Make sure that the location you choose has a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight for best results.


Chamomile plants require a well-draining, relatively light soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5.


Chamomile plants require less water than most other plants, so it's important to not over-water them and allow the soil to dry out some between waterings.


Chamomile plants do not require much fertilizer, but a light fertilizer application once a month during the growing season should be enough.

Chamomile, scientifically known as Matricaria recutita, is a popular medicinal herb packed with unique health benefits. Growing Chamomile is easy and enjoyable for anyone who likes to garden. You will be rewarded for your efforts with the warm and calming flavor the flowers provide.

Getting Started

The Chamomile plant is an annual flower, meaning it typically only lives one season. In most climates, you should look to plant your Chamomile in the early spring when the soil has started to warm up. Make sure you choose a spot in your yard that gets a lot of sunlight, as Chamomile needs a minimum of six hours of sun a day. Sandy soil is preferable, although Chamomile can tolerate heavier soils. If possible, work some compost or well-rotted manure into the soil beforehand so it is well-draining.

Planting Chamomile

The seeds can be sown directly into the ground when the temperatures have warmed. If you live in a cooler climate, start them inside in biodegradable pots or other containers. Remember to water only when the soil is dry, as over-watering can lead to root rot.

Harvesting Chamomile

Once the flowers begin to bloom, you can start harvesting. The small daisy-like flowers are used both fresh and dried, so you can pick them as they open or wait until they are fully bloomed to collect a larger harvest. Be sure to leave some flowers to go to seed in order to save some for next years crop. Cut the flowers off the stem, and wrap in paper to dry if desired.

Enjoying Chamomile

Once you have fully harvested your Chamomile, you can use it as an ingredient in many different recipes. Try steeping a cup of fresh petals in boiling water for a unique cup of tea, mix the flowers into an herbal salve, or toss the petals into baked goods for a hint of floral flavor. Enjoy the unique health benefits of the herb, and all that comes from growing it in your own backyard.

Growing chamomile has multiple benefits, both for medicinal and culinary purposes. In the garden, it's a low-maintenance and pest-resistant herb that flowers throughout the summer and attracts valuable beneficial insects. On the kitchen counter, it is a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of recipes, from tea to ice cream, to add flavor and delicate color. Medicinally, chamomile is a calming and soothing herb that can help reduce anxiety and is widely used to aid digestion. Additionally, chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which can provide relief for skin conditions, colds and more.

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