Chamomile refers to a range of different daisy-like plants. There are many different types of chamomile – the two most common being German and Roman chamomile.
In the Middle Ages it was used as a remedy for a wide range of complaints including asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, nervous complaints, children’s ailments, skin diseases and cancer.
Roman chamomile is a perennial (it will generally live more than two years) and grows close to the ground with small blossoming flowers. It tends to be a bit bitter. German chamomile is sweeter. It is an annual and can grow up to three feet tall.
Ongoing research has identified chamomile as having properties of an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, muscle relaxant, antispasmodic, anti-allergenic and sedative.
Use it internally or externally. Tea, salve, vapor, wash, compress… depending on what you use it for, do some research on how best to use it.
Exceptionally versatile, chamomile. Enjoy!