. . . is indigenous to Britain and cultivated in Germany, France and Morocco.
The plant grows about 12 inches high with white flowers, yellow center and slightly furry leaves. The flower heads are harvested and steam distilled to produce a pale yellow liquid. The oils chemical constituents include: camphene, b. pinene, sabinene, myrcene, y. terpinene, propel angelate, butyl angelate, caryophellene, a. pinene, and cineole.
Possible uses: Abscesses, acne, allergies, arthritis, blisters, boils, colic, colitis, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, dysmenorrhea, earache, eczema, flatulence, gout, hair, headache, indigestion, inflamed skin, insect bites, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, nervous tension (anxiety, fear), neuralgia, PMS, psoriasis, rheumatism, sores, sprains, strains, stress, wounds.
To relax and unwind after a full day of work, treat yourself to a calming compress. Swirl two drops of roman chamomile in a sink full of water and capture the mixture in a clean washcloth. Place the cloth on your forehead; recline and relax.
A soothing moisturizer for sensitive skin can be made with five drops of roman chamomile, three drops of lemon and four drops of lavender, blended into one ounce of unscented lotion. (Avoid sun exposure after application.)
Chamomile derives its name from the Greek kamai melon, meaning ground apple, because its strong fruity scent resembles that of fallen apples.
Dedicated to St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, it stands for ‘patience in adversity’ due to its delicate but hardy nature. Chamomile’s nature is to help us let go of expectations and calmly acknowledge our own limitations.