Chamomile, Roman

CHAMOMILE, ROMAN (Chamaemelum nobile, syn. Anthemis
nobilis)
(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
in Spring

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

USES

Medicinal

Internal – Digestive problems (incl. colic,
diverticulitis, morning sickness and stress induced
dyspepsia), painful menstruation, insomnia,
feverish illnesses, hyperactivity and temper tantrums
in children

External – Irritated or sore skin, nappy rash

**Handling may cause dermatitis in susceptible people.
The essential oil is only to be used by qualified
practitioners

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.

Sources:

The Complete New Herbal by Richard Mabey (ISBN
0140126821) Published
by Penguin

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott
Cunningham (ISBN
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.

Advertisements

About mrszoomby

When I'm not writing, I'm training for the zombie apocalypse.
This entry was posted in Barefoot Herbalist and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s