Chamomile Plant Information

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Botanical Name: Anthemis nobilis

Chamomile is a small, bushy herb that grows flat along the ground. It has fine, feathery leaves with tiny white or yellow-centered daisy-like flowers. The pale blue chamomile oil is extracted from the flower and has a slightly apple-like aroma. Chamomile species grow throughout Europe, North Africa and are often found growing wild.

Chamomile Uses & Benefits

Chamomile is used for its anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. It is excellent for childhood ailments (whether in children or adults) from peevishness to earache. Chamomile is also used for allergies, burns, anaemia, fevers, insomnia, indigestion and tootaches.

Chamomile oil is used in body, bath and hair products for its anti-allergic properties.

Other uses of chamomile:

Chamomile plants are small and compact, sending out runners which make it ideal for lawns and paths, where the bruised leaves give off a pleasant, apple fragrance. Chamomile herb forms a very sweet smelling lawn. It will keep green without watering, and is ideal for dry, sunny positions.

The most popular use of chamomile is as a tonic, refreshing drink. Chamomile tea promotes sound, restful sleep. It is often taken as a bedtime drink. The chamomile tea can be bought in most health food stores. You can make your own chamomile tea by pouring boiling water over 4 or 5 fresh flower heads to one cup of water.

Growing Chamomile Plant

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