Drying St John’s Chamomile in the Greenhouse
We grew St John’s Chamomile last year, and it over-wintered, and now we have a lovely patch. This is not the same as ordinary German Chamomile, nor is it the same plant as St John’s Wort, but a special species all its own.
To learn more about how to grow this plant, visit Garden Beast website.
They weren’t that hard to grow!
Also known as Golden Marguerite, St John’s Chamomile looks like a mass of small yellow daisy flowers! They are super cheery, and flower abundantly in the garden.
The flowers can be used for a calming tea, and I have not sampled it yet this way! Soon!
First–to dry the flowers!
I chose to use solar power to do our drying this time. Because…why not? We have a greenhouse, so why not utilize that heat?
This is just a little photo shoot of ours in the drying process.
Obviously, first came the harvesting.
I found that snipping was fine, but plucking the flowers went faster!
To see the Instagram reel I made about this process, please click 🌼here! 🌼
I collected an abundance of the bright blooms,
All we did is was spread the blooms onto a window screen in the shade of the corner of the greenhouse.
It took a few days to dry them out. It would have taken maybe one or two tops, but we got some rain in the the middle and the humid air didn’t help the drying process.
Just wait til they’re nice and dry/crispy.
Then gather them and store the flowers in a glass jar or airtight container.
Use the dried herbs for a relaxing tea anytime!