Name: Matricaria recutita
Flavor: Slightly bitter, sweet, aromatic
Our Products: Whole flower, tea cut, pollen, powder
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Chamomile has a long history of use that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. A large variety of medicinal treatments called for this herb with the first written account attributed to the Egyptians as a cure for ague or a fever. Chamomile was associated with their sun god Ra and used in the process of mummification to repel insects as well as mask scent. The name Chamomile originates from the Greek word khamaimēlon meaning “earth-apple”. Though this plant was mainly medicinal, its use was also to add a sweet aroma to a room, bath, or applied directly to the skin as a perfume. It’s been noted in folklore that the Vikings also used chamomile to lighten their hair and add sheen to it, which is still a common use today.
Cultures around the world and throughout time have used chamomile for a variety of uses. Some of the most common include treatments for anxiety, stress reduction, insomnia, inflammation, flu, anti-bacterial applications, sore-throat, and much more. In folklore, this plant is said to attract money to you if placed in your wallet and promises good luck for gambling by washing your hands in water that has been steeped with chamomile. If you are to wear chamomile in your hair it will a attract a lover and to carry it in your pocket will bring you good luck.
- Place 2 Tbsp of chamomile in a tea infuser
- Bring 4 oz of filtered water to a boil
- Pour over flowers and steep for 5 min
Chamomile pairs well with many other ingredients try adding ginger, mint, or honey to your tea before steeping to experience new aromas and flavors!!