Roman Chamomile is a perennial, small and creeping plant with daisy-like flowers. Commonly used to make herbal infusions for medicinal uses, the plant has a wonderful, sweet, fruity scent.
While it is probably the most popular and well-known therapeutic plant, chamomile is also a popular ingredient in a number of magical rituals. When it comes to deities, chamomile is linked to Cernunnos, Ra, Helios, and other sun gods.
At the same time, the Vikings had a more practical use for chamomile, adding it to their hair shampoos to aid in the lightening of blond hair.
In a number of folk magic traditions, particularly those of the American south, chamomile is known as a lucky flower; if you’re a gambler, washing your hands in chamomile tea will ensure good luck at the gaming tables.
|Latin name||Anthemis nobilis|
|Plant size|| Height: 30 cm|
Width: 20 cm
|Container size|| Height: 30 cm|
Width: 30 cm
|Companion plant(s)||Cucumbers, bunching onions, basil, lavender|
|Planting outdoors|| Apr to Jun|
Sep to Oct
|Germination||10 to 15 days|
|Harvesting||40 to 60 days|
|Planting||3 cm to 5 cm at 0.5 cm depth|
|Thinning||10 cm to 20 cm|
|Light||Full sun to partial shade|
|Soil||Well-drained, light and moist soil|
|Watering||Regular watering, allow to dry out|
|Caring||Roman Chamomile is resistant to drought and can survive for some time without water. This makes it a plant that has good ground cover if kept short and is ideal for use as a lawn substitute.|
|Beneficial wildlife||Attracts bees and butterflies.|
|Pests||Promotes the health of nearby plants|
|Harvesting||Pick the flowers when in full bloom, early in the morning. Dry in a warm, dry, well-ventilated area, turn and shake regularly. Chamomile should be dry in around four days|
|Eating|| Medicinal properties: Chamomile tea has so many health virtues, making it an ideal family remedy.|
How to eat: It is commonly known that chamomile is used to make herbal tea, yet its flowers are also edible. It makes a lovely addition to cakes, biscuits and puddings since its flavour lends a natural, gentle sweetness and pleasant floral notes to any dessert. It can also bring an element of acidity and herbal flavour to help you create a savoury meal—if you are willing to stretch your culinary skills using this unique ingredient!
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