Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Chamomile is a fast growing annual with two main varieties, Lawn and the more common, German Chamomile.
Chamomile has a mild and slightly flowery flavour. Lawn Chamomile gives a slightly bitter taste; therefore German Chamomile is preferred in teas, salads and sweet dishes.
Chamomile grows best in well-drained soil in a sunny position. The lawn variety can be used in large patches, without the need to mow!
During the Middle Ages, Chamomile was used as a strewing herb because of the lovely aroma emitted when walked on.
The most famous Chamomile lawn is at Buckingham Palace.
Chamomile, particularly in a tea format, has a long history of soothing pain, especially in babies and children.
It has also been known to soothe skin conditions (i.e. rashes), and to assist in with the symptoms of stomach upsets, ulcers, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, headaches, circulation and fluid retention.
Facts About Chamomile
In the language of flowers, if you give a bunch of chamomile flowers, you are telling the receiver “May all your wishes come true”.
How do I get rid of my dog or cat’s fleas naturally?
Stuff a pillow with dried chamomile flowers, pennyroyal, eucalyptus, rosemary, mint and 2 tablespoons of salt and place the pillow in the pet’s bed.