The healing power of Roman chamomile

Both the leaves and flowers of Roman chamomile are edible. They taste somewhat bitter. Roman chamomile has flowers that are reminiscent of the daisy. It is a nice looking plant; it could serve as an elegant border plant. Roman chamomile also has medicinal properties. You can dry the flowers and make soothing tea from them. It is also suitable for making compresses and steam baths. It is even a bath herb. Isn’t it great to say you grow your own bath herbs? Then switch to growing Roman chamomile in your ornamental, vegetable or medicinal herb garden. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Botanical drawing Roman chamomile / Source: K√∂hler’s Medizinal Pflanzen, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)

Contents:

  • Naming Roman chamomile
  • Roman chamomile is a perennial plant
  • Chamomile as a medicinal herb
  • Grow your own Roman chamomile
  • How do you apply Roman chamomile?
  • Healing power of Roman chamomile
  • Steam bath with chamomile

 

Naming Roman chamomile

The Latin name for Roman chamomile is Chamaemelum nobile . The alternative Latin name for this plant is Anthemis nobilis . The name chamomile comes from the Greek word for ‘ground apple’. This name refers to the leaves that smell slightly of apple. Nobile means noble. Alternative names for Roman chamomile in Dutch are: Maagbloempje, Hondsdeel, Komillen, Kamellen and Dubbele Kamille.

Roman chamomile is a perennial plant

Roman chamomile is an evergreen, hardy and perennial plant. It has approximately the same medicinal properties as its close relative Chamomile. Roman chamomile occurs naturally in the area from North Africa to Northern Europe near Ireland. Roman chamomile is most commonly used as a medicinal herb in France, Belgium and Great Britain. In Germany and the Netherlands, real chamomile is used more often.

Chamomile as a medicinal herb

Chamomile was already used as a medicinal herb in ancient Egypt. It was mainly prescribed for fever and female ailments. It is an antiseptic, disinfectant, has bactericidal properties, is a natural antibiotic and prevents internal worms. Roman chamomile is a versatile herb without many side effects. However: never use any medication during pregnancy. Women during pregnancy are not recommended to use Roman chamomile because it can induce uterine contractions, which can cause a miscarriage.

Grow your own Roman chamomile

In the Netherlands the plant only occurs sporadically in the wild. You could grow it yourself in an herb garden. It likes sandy soil. It grows better in the shade or partial shade than in full sun, but it can tolerate full sun. You can sow Roman chamomile in the spring. Another method of propagation is cuttings. You cut the cuttings from the branches that have young leaves on them. A third way to obtain chamomile is to ‘tear’ another chamomile plant with roots and all. Roman chamomile grows to about 40 centimeters in height. Since it blooms profusely in the summer months of July, August and September, you can also use it as an ornamental plant. It is an excellent border plant. During a warm late summer, Roman chamomile will also bloom in October and November.

You can wash blond hair with Roman chamomile tea; This will make the hair even blonder.

 

How do you apply Roman chamomile?

You could buy essential oil of Roman chamomile to benefit from the healing power of Roman chamomile, but there are also other forms of processing such as: drinking Roman chamomile tea. Roman chamomile tea tastes a bit bitter. If you want to drink Roman chamomile tea, it is best to pick the flowers on the first day they open. You dry them in the shade. This way the flowers do not turn dark. Once dried, which may take a few days, the flower can be kept for months. Usually herbs and flowers are stored for a maximum of one year, until the next harvest. Old herbs are used up by using them in a bath. Roman chamomile is ideal as a bath herb.

Healing power of Roman chamomile

A deliciously tasting tea can be made from Roman chamomile. This has a relaxing, antispasmodic and digestive effect. Chamomile can be used externally. You could make a compress of chamomile tea for eczema. Of course you can also take a chamomile bath against eczema. Roman chamomile has a slightly milder effect than real chamomile; This makes the medicinal plant extremely suitable for children who have eczema or are restless. After all, chamomile tea makes you feel nice and calm.

Steam bath with chamomile

A facial steam bath with chamomile dissolves the mucus. If your nose, sinuses or sinuses are full, a chamomile steam bath is a solution. This is also good for children who often have ear infections. Put two tablespoons of dried chamomile in a pan. Pour boiling water into the pan and hang your head above it with a towel over your head. Hold this for a minute. You can also take a steam bath to make the facial skin more supple.

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