Chamomile - (Matricaria recutita & Chamaemelum nobile)

There are two plants know as Chamomile. There is the German Chamomile and there is the Roman Chamomile.

The German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is an annual and is the one most often used in the USA. The flowers are white with a yellow center. You can often see this herb in cultivated fields and near roads.

The Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is a perennial is is most often seen around gardens and in dry fields.

Chamomile is a member of the daisy family.

Plant Chamomile in a sunny location in light, dry soil. Sow after last spring frost with about 6 inches between plants. Gather the above ground parts as soon as flowers bloom, dry for later herb use. This plant can grow up to 20 inches tall.

Chamomile is one of the most widely used flowers for herbal tea. Many people use it for insomnia as well as many other nervous conditions. It is also used to make a rinse for blonde hair.

How to make Chamomile tea: Add 2 tsp. dried flowers to 1 cup boiling water. Steep covered for 10 min.

Part used: Flower heads and stem.

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