CHAMOMILE, ROMAN (Chamaemelum nobile, syn. Anthemis
(Camomyle, Chamaimelon, Ground Apple, Maythen,
Roman Camomile, Whig Plant)
Cultivation – Light, well drained soil in full Sun
Propagation – Seed sown in Spring or Autumn. Division
Flowers – are produced in early Summer
Harvest – Flowers are gathered in Summer. Dried
flowers keep for one year only
Dimensions – 10-30cm high. 45cm wide
Internal – Digestive problems (incl. colic,
diverticulitis, morning sickness and stress induced
dyspepsia), painful menstruation, insomnia,
feverish illnesses, hyperactivity and temper tantrums
External – Irritated or sore skin, nappy rash
**Handling may cause dermatitis in susceptible people.
The essential oil is only to be used by qualified
Culinary – Flowers can be used in herbal teas and
Sherry (Manzanilla, a Spanish drink). Small amounts
of chopped leaves can be used to flavour cream dishes
Magical – Money, Sleep, Love, Purification
FOLKLORE AND HISTORY
Chamaemelum comes from the Greek work chamaimelon
which means ‘apple of the ground’, due to the scent
the leaves release when disturbed. This is the plant
that is used to make lawns although in order to do
this, the area must be weed free and must stay this
way. A handwash made of Chamomile is used by gamblers
to attract money. This herb can be sprinkled around
the house to break curses and spells cast against you.
Chamomile is an excellent nursemaid to sick plants.
And if you are thinking of planting this next to a
sick plant, make sure Chamomile is planted on both
sides otherwise you will get a lopsided plant (I can
say this from experience). Chamomile tea was made
immortalised in Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Peter Rabbit.
The Complete New Herbal by Richard Mabey (ISBN
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott
0875421229) Published by Llewellyn Publications
The Royal Horticultural Society New Encyclopedia of
Herbs and Their
Uses by Deni Bown (ISBN 0751333867) Published by DK
The Essential Herb Garden (Growing and Using Herbs in
Australia) by Gilian Painter (ISBN 1854290455)
Published by Millennium Books
Disclaimer: This is for reference guide only.
Herbs can be used
effectively for mild ailments but medical advice
should be consulted
first to rule out major illnesses.