Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Chamomile in Bloom

The presence of Chamomile blooming away invites a revisit of the story of Peter Rabbit. Between the 3 of us, we reconstruct this childhood story.

When Peter Rabbit returned from his narrow escape from Mr. MacGregor's Garden, Mrs. Rabbit was none to pleased. He had lost his jacket and had gotten chilled. It is true that things could have been far worse. His Mother sent him to bed with no dinner and Chamomile Tea. His siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail stayed out of the Garden. They were entitled to a special treat.

Chamomile is at peak bloom in our Garden today. The blossoms are like little bursts of Sunshine. They thrive in cooler weather. At this season, their aroma is soft and gentle. When it gets hot later in the Summer, Chamomile is spent.

Melanie picked Chamomile Blossoms today. They are now drying in the Dehydrator, which is being fired up for another season.

Chamomile Tea is reported to be calming, helpful for the nervous and digestive systems. I like it before bed. We throw in a few blossoms into a cupful of boiling water. We allow it to steep for 10-15 minutes. We add a bit of Honey to taste, and then sip away.

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