German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) belongs to the botanical family: Asteraceae or Compositae (daisy). It is known under different names such as: Camomile, Chamomile, Wild Chamomile, Sweet Chamomile, German Chamomile, Hungarian Chamomile, etc.
German chamomile has been highly esteemed for over 3,000 years and has been used for many types of skin conditions and stress-related complaints.
Wild Chamomile is an annual herb. Originally native to Europe, German Chamomile can now be found on almost every continent. It grows on roadsides and in sunny open fields.
Chamomile is easily cultivated from seed or through root division. It prefers full sun and a light well drained soil. Chamomile blooms from May through October. The Chamomile plant has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent. When placed in the garden among sick-looking plants it’s found that chamomile will help them grow.
The parts above ground are gathered as soon as the chamomile flowers bloom, and dried for later use.
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