It was 100 degrees around here yesterday, but my sure way to beat the heat (other than a trip to the beach!) is to sit down and relax with a nice cool glass of home-grown iced chamomile tea.
(I love this drink even more because the chamomile plants came up all by themselves this spring (they are notoriously vigorous self-seeders) - so no planting - in the rock garden we are ripping out this summer - so no weeding - and my girls also love chamomile tea, so they volunteered to pick it for me - no harvesting! My oldest daughter even boiled the water for me, so all I had to do was put the flowers in the tea ball, add some honey, and stir it all up! If it wasn't 100 degrees out, I wouldn't even break a sweat!)
Iced Chamomile Tea
Fill your tea ball with chamomile flowers (fresh, dried, or frozen) - or - use 2 chamomile tea bags (I like Choice Organic which is what I buy if I run out of home-grown flowers)
Boil 2 quarts of water; take off heat and add tea ball or bags. Steep for ten minutes. Add honey to taste.
Pour into a glass pitcher (I don't like to use plastic because of the heat) and refrigerate until ready to serve.