Chamomile is a herbaceous, annual and hibernating plant originating in south-eastern Europe, which nowadays has spread to all continents. The scientific name "Matcaria" derives from the latin word "mater" (mother). The plant loves heat, light (which influences the essential oil contained), and moist soils. The chamomile stem, reaching growing up to 60 cm, is striated and ramified at its base, and each branch has flowers. It makes a very popular and very tasty herbal tea.
Chamomile flowers contain: essential oils (etheric oil: 0.38 - 0.81%), vitamins B1 and C, mineral substances (phosphorus, potassium, silicon, iron, manganese, calcium, copper, lead, zinc, zirconium), glucides, lipids (in small quantities) and acids. The plant has calming, analgesic, disinfecting and antiseptic, anti spasmotic and tonic actions. There are essentially two different species of chamomile that are used for supplements and balms. These are the German and the Roman varieties.
Benefits of Chamomile:
How can you grow Chamomile: Chamomile is easy to grow. Chamomiles are grown from seed. Sow seeds into your garden in the spring. Space seedlings or thin plants 15-18" apart. They thrive in full sun. They prefer average to rich soils. Regular application of fertilizer will help this plant to grow to its maximum height. Provide sufficient water to keep the soil moist. Harvest the flowers when they reach peak bloom. They can be used fresh, or dried. Spread flowers out to dry in a cool and ventilated area.
Make a simple serving of chamomile tea:
You must consult your doctor before taking Chamomile for precaution.
Chamomile has always been a popular herbal remedy because of its lack of side effects and its obvious benefits. Two or three cups of chamomile tea every day or two to three tablets a day will usually be sufficient to help most ailments. Chamomile has been proven to show good results in the combating of various illnesses and diseases. As well as effectively helping to combat stress and depression by relaxing the muscles in the brain. Give it a try and feel the difference.
(Sources: gardenersnet.com, liveandfeel.com, health.howstuffworks.com, health.learninginfo.org)