CAMOMILE (Tanacetum)

Small flower, great powers

Most people know chamomile for its healing tea, but it also has magical powers as a flower. Give her a place in your bouquet and enjoy her cheerful appearance every time.

Chamomile


COLORS AND SHAPES

The most famous appearance of the chamomile (scientific name Matricaria) has a yellow heart surrounded by white, elongated petals. Less known is its sturdy variety: without a wreath of leaves and with a yellow flower bud pointed forward. Then there is also a difference between real and false chamomile: a distinction that is made between the scented and non-scented variety. You can guess which type your tea is being made of. Chamomile flowers best in the summer months. When the chamomile is tired and has finished flowering, it will let its white leaves hang. But this strong lady will not easily admit that.

SYMBOLISM

Chamomile received its healing and protective powers in the Middle Ages: to protect themselves from witches, believing villagers had to hang a bunch of chamomile on the front door. We do not know whether that worked, but fortunately we do know that the oil from dried chamomile has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Do you have a cold, do you have a fever or worse? Then especially consider this little powerhouse.

ORIGIN

Chamomile belongs to the Composite family, which originally lived in Southern Europe. But with the development of agriculture, the flower traveled to more northern regions. In the wild you will find it on open, moist nitrogen-rich soils such as fields, roadsides and on dikes. Today you can also find chamomile in Australia and the south of South America.