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How to Make Chamomile Tea Taste Better

When you want to make chamomile tea taste better, there are quite a few things you can do. All of them are easy with ingredients you probably have in your pantry. You’ll soon look forward to enjoying this relaxing drink at the end of the day!

cup of chamomile tea with a lemon wedge

I usually start out with chamomile tea bags, although I have used loose tea made from dried chamomile flowers. And even though I actually like the flavor of chamomile tea, there’s always room for improvement.

Cup of Chamomile Tea

One of the main reasons many people enjoy a cup of chamomile tea in the evening is that they want to unwind. Chamomile has a calming effect, while providing a delicious treat—a win-win for both your tastebuds and your body.

The floral taste of this flavorful tea lends itself to a variety of add-ons. I’ll list some of the ones I’ve tried as well as others that I’ve heard are delicious. 

I’ll also put my favorite way to drink chamomile tea when I want to relax at the end of a long, busy day. It’s hard for me to turn off my thoughts, and drinking this is a great way to soothe my nerves.

Ingredients

Sometimes I like to keep things simple, while other times I like to blend several ingredients. This makes a cup of regular chamomile very special.

box of chamomile tea bags

Here are the ingredients for my favorite chamomile tea recipe:

  • Hot water
  • Chamomile tea bag (or loose leaf chamomile tea)
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey (raw honey is best
  • Lemon juice
  • Almond milk

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

ground cinnamon
ground ginger

As I already mentioned, there are so many other things you can add, either to totally mask the flavor or to enhance it. 

bottle of honey

If you like the floral flavor of chamomile, just use a little bit of whatever you add.

On the other hand, if you want to disguise it, add more of what you do like.

carton of almond milk

In order to make tea time extra special, add a lemon slice. 

Sometimes I use lemon juice from a bottle, but I think that real lemons are better.

You can basically add anything to your chamomile tea that you would add to green tea. If you don’t care for a hot cup of tea, make iced tea. The best way to have this tea is the way you enjoy it most.

Other Options to Make Chamomile Tea Taste Better

There are quite a few other ingredients you can add. Here are some that I’ve either tried or have heard about:

  • Simple syrup (sugar that’s dissolved in a small amount of water or other liquid)
  • Soy milk (or your favorite type of milk)
  • Orange peel
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Any of your favorite natural sweeteners (if you like sweet tea)
  • Ginger (helps settle an upset stomach)
  • Essential oils (make sure they’re food grade)
  • Fruit juices (especially from your favorite citrus fruits)

There are times when I want something sweet, so I’ll use half sugar or sugar substitute and some cream to make it rich.

Some people like to add mint and turn it into peppermint tea. However, use caution when doing this because peppermint is a stimulant for many folks, including me.

For a more flowery taste, you can make the tea with fresh chamomile flowers from your garden. Make sure there are no pesticides or chemicals that can make you sick. 

You can also do this with other fresh flowers. Many people enjoy hibiscus tea.

How I Make Chamomile Tea Taste Better 

These are the instructions for making a cup of chamomile tea my favorite way. It’s super easy to flavor the tea with what you probably already have on hand.

When I have spring water, I like to use that. I’m not sure if it’s healthier, but I like to think it is.

First, fill your tea kettle with a little bit more water than you need for the tea. I do this because some of the water will evaporate as it heats.

Turn the stove on high heat to make the water hot enough to steep the tea. It only takes a few minutes to boil water in a covered tea kettle.

Place the tea bag or tea leaves in a diffuser in your cup or mug. Pour the boiling water into the cup, over the tea bag. Let the tea steep until it is the strength you like. I allow it to steep for 10-15 minutes.

teabag in a cup with lemons on a plate

For a stronger tea, you can decrease or increase the steep time by one or two minute increments.

After the tea is the strength you want, remove the tea bag (or tea leaves) and add the cinnamon, honey, lemon juice, and almond milk to the steeped tea. Swirl your spoon around in the cup to mix everything.

Now sit down, relax, and enjoy this delicious tea with a hint of lemon flavor and just enough honey to satisfy a mild sweet tooth.

Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Did you know that chamomile has medicinal properties without the risk of harmful side effects? This is good news for those of us who have a difficult time falling asleep at night.

In addition to being a relaxing drink before, chamomile tea has these benefits:

  • Soothes a sore throat
  • Treats minor cold symptoms
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • Decreases menstrual pain
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • May promote digestive health
  • Helps reduce anxiety
  • Contains antioxidants that reduce the risk of several types of cancer

You may discover even more benefits that are specific to your health. Just remember that whatever you add to the tea may affect what it does for you.

cup of chamomile tea with lemon

When to Drink Chamomile Tea

The best time to drink chamomile tea is about a half hour before bedtime. This gives you enough time to relax before you try to go to sleep.

If you’re concerned about the tea filling your bladder and waking you up, give yourself an extra 15 minutes before bedtime. This gives your body enough time to eliminate the liquid without losing the benefit of the tea.

How Long Does Chamomile Tea Last?

Chamomile tea is generally good for about a year. After that, it may lose its flavor. However, it will still be good for quite a while after that, but it will taste milder and probably not have the delightful floral aroma of fresh tea.

cup of chamomile tea surrounded by add-ons

See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday.

More Delicious Drink Recipes

If you’re looking for more yummy drinks, try some of these recipes:

Mango Smoothie – When you’re in the mood for a different flavor experience, try a mango smoothie! 

Pineapple Smoothie – Tropical and oh-so delightful, everyone in the family will love a pineapple smoothie!

Blueberry Smoothie – Loaded with antioxidants and all kinds of good stuff, this blueberry smoothie will help you get through the day in good form!

Better Hot Chocolate From a Mix – Start out with a mix and wind up with a designer drink when you make better hot chocolate from a mix.

Delicious Sweet Tea – Cool off with this delightfully southern sweet tea using this recipe from Southern Bite!

Frozen Coffee Smoothie – Wake up and get your day off to a great start with one of these coffee smoothies!

cup of chamomile tea with a wedge of lemon

How to Make Chamomile Tea Taste Better

Yield: 1 cup of tea
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Add more flavor to your relaxing cup of chamomile tea to make it taste even better.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag (or loose leaf chamomile tea)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (raw honey is best)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond milk
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Boil the water in a tea kettle or pot on high heat.
  2. Place the teabag or diffuser filled with loose chamomile tea leaves in a cup or mug.
  3. After the water comes to a boil, pour it into the mug, over the teabag or diffuser.
  4. Allow the tea to steep for 10-15 minutes or until it reaches the desired strength.
  5. Remove the teabag or diffuser.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients.

Notes

Try different spices to flavor your chamomile tea to make it perfect for your taste. Here are some good ingredients to try:

  • Simple syrup (sugar that’s dissolved in a small amount of water or other liquid)
  • Soy milk (or your favorite type of milk)
  • Orange peel
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Any of your favorite natural sweeteners (if you like sweet tea)
  • Ginger (helps settle an upset stomach)
  • Essential oils (make sure they’re food grade)
  • Fruit juices (especially from your favorite citrus fruits)
Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 27Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 23mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 0g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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