The Sweet Smelling Chamomile Plant
Wild camomile is a familiar plant to many, it is an anual and can grow up to 60cm high. The plant is a bushy, untidy, affair, with feathery, highly scented leaves.
Chamomile produces daisy like flowers in June and July, which have a dome shape central disk.
You can find wild chamomile growing in all kinds of places. Wasteland, along footpaths, river banks, bordering fields. It is often seen in corn fields amongst poppies.
Chamomile can also be spelt chamomile, and is also known as Roman Chamomile or scented mayweed.
How To Gather And Store Chamomile
Gather chamomile in the summer, when the flowers are in full bloom. Dry the flowers and store in an air tight jar.
Chamomile has been used for hundreds of years as a medicinal plant. It is a mild sedative, and is useful in treating insomnia, stress, and anxiety disorders.
Wild chamomile has anti inflammatory properties and is useful for easing colds, and sinus problems. It is also very good for stomach disorders, such as bloating, wind, cramps, and can help ease period pains.
Used on the body it is good for treating dry and cracked skin and eczema.
- Do not use if taking blood thinning drugs
- Use sparingly if pregnant or breastfeeding
- On rare cases use on skin may cause irritation