Chamomile grows in all climates. It is a perennial herb. Chamomile plants like full sun and a light well drained soil. Leaves are light, bright green and aromatic. It has daisy like white flowers with yellow button centers. Sow seeds in spring 12 inches apart. Water moderately. Divide mature plants in spring. You can plant a chamomile lawn by placing seeds 4-6 inches apart and mowing plants once they are grown. Harvest the leaves anytime, but pick flowers only when fully open.
History of Chamomile
Chamomile was one of the nine sacred herbs in ancient Anglo-Saxon times.It was worshipped by the Egyptians for its healing properties. Greeks used chamomile to cure fevers. It was also used to flavor light sherry. The Romans used chamomile in beverages, as well as, incense. People used chamomile to make beer before hops took over as the predominant herb for beer making.
Cosmetic Uses For Chamomile
- Infuse in hot water to make a facial steam.
- Infuse in hot water, allow to cool, soak hands to soften skin.
- Make a teabag and use on eyelids to reduce fatigue shadows.
- Add the warm bathwater to revive yourself.
- Boil flowers in water for 20 minutes, strain and use as a hair rinse to lighten and condition blond hair.
- Boil the flowers for use as a yellow-brown dye.
- Use in potpourri or scented pillows and sachets.
Medicinal Uses For Chamomile
- Make a tea, using the flowers for a good night sleep.
- Use in bathwater to help relieve sunburned skin.
- Use as a compress to help relieve eczema.