Notes from Herb Heaven

Chamomile

• Indigenous to Europe.
• Roman chamomile is perennial, German chamomile is annual.
• Height up to 40cm.
• White and yellow daisy-like flowers – apple-like scent.
• Sometimes used for lawns. Place plants about 10cm apart. Mow before flowers appear.
• Plant between paving stones, scraping out as much soil as possible and replacing with rich potting compost.
• Known as the 'plant doctor', it is a good companion to cabbage, cucumber and onions.
• Plant direct or in trays. Harden seedlings off in 8cm pots before planting out.
• Chamomile does best in cool weather. Do not let the soil dry out. Likes light, well-drained soil.
• Grows well in partial shade and in full sun in cooler climates.
• Dried flowers are used for tea, in hair rinses for blondes and in potpourris.
• Chamomile tea is soothing and relaxing, it aids digestion after meals and relieves morning sickness.
• Used as a compress it aids in the healing of skin ulcers, wounds or burns.
• Got dark shadows under your eyes? Try a cool chamomile tea bag eye compress.
• Add an infusion of flowers of chamomile to the bath water for relaxation. It will also help soothe sunburnt skin.
• Use a chamomile spray to strengthen ailing plants. ½ cup of flowers, fresh or dried in 1 litre boiling water. Let it soak and cool overnight, strain and spray.

Feed chamomile tea to your compost. It is a good activator

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