Soothe your sore throat with some honey.
Honey is one of the most popular flavors to add to chamomile tea and if you're drinking chamomile to get over a sore throat, honey will help alleviate it. Honey has antibacterial properties that soothe sore throats. Combined with the possible cold-curing ability of chamomile tea, you might get over your cold a little bit faster.
Add some lemon, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, or lemon balm.
Lemon is another popular way to make chamomile tea taste better and soothe sore throats. The most common way to add lemon is with freshly squeezed lemons or lemon juice. But you could also add lemon flavor with herbs like lemongrass and lemon myrtle.
Lemon balm is a herb in the mint family with leaves that taste like lemon. It also has mild sedative effects, which make chamomile an even better sleepytime tea. You can either mix lemon balm tea with your chamomile or buy a pre-mixed tea like Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea, which contains chamomile, lemon balm, lemon myrtle, and lemongrass among other ingredients.
Enhance chamomile's relaxation effects with some lavender.
Like lemon balm, lavender is another plant that is reputed to help stop insomnia. It also possibly reduces anxiety and improves mood. You can either infuse your tea with dried lavender flowers or try a pre-flavored lavender chamomile tea.
Experiment with other flavors like peppermint, vanilla, or licorice.
Use a quality strainer.
Most grocery store, metal ball infusers are too small and cause chamomile flowers and stems to leech into your tea. You can enjoy smoother tea by using an ultra-fine infuser like a Stainless-Steel Mesh Finum Brewing Basket.
Adjust the steep time and brewing temperature.
To get the most benefits from chamomile tea, steep it in boiling or near boiling water. You'll also want to steep it longer than most types of tea.
- Chamomile Tea Steep Time: 5 minutes to 10 minutes
- Chamomile Tea Brewing Temperature: 200°F to 212°F --- 93°C to 100°
However, if you want to make chamomile tea taste milder, you could steep it for less time or brew it at a lower temperature.
When in doubt, go with popular, pre-flavored tea.
Here's a few of our favorite, reasonably priced chamomile tea mixes:
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