I wanted a practical medicinal herb garden that's why I took to growing chamomile as one of a variety of herbs.
Besides, the scent of it brings back memories of my childhood. Long lazy days of summer lying in the fields watching cloud forms float by with the scent of chamomile flowers (scented mayweed) in the air. Those were the days!
OK enough reminiscing. You have a choice of two medicinal varieties, the annual Matricaria recutita German ch. or the perennial Anthemis nobilis Roman ch.
The herb is grown by sowing the seed in a freely draining compost or taking cuttings from the side shoots of Roman chamomile (Ground apple) in the summer.
Sowing individual seeds in small handmade pots made from cardboard tubes saved me a whole heap of time pricking out later.
Just insert the whole pot into a hole prepared in the ground or planter 15cm apart where you want them to grow and voila!
Seeds were sown February indoors in a general compost. Then I transferred them into the greenhouse until after, what I thought, was the last frost.
I planted them out in April but should have known better. Never trust the UK weather! We had a few more frosty episodes here but thankfully the seedlings survived under some garden fleece.
Pick a sunny location to grow it although the herb will tolerate some shade needs be.
It will reach a tall height of 1 ft (30cm) in no time from when you sow it in April through to flowering in June or July ready for harvesting.
This herb is a calmer, a sedative!
When using it as a tea it is safe within reason. As long as you don't overdo it or can tolerate the bitter taste, it is an easy remedy for irritableness or restlessness. It can help alleviate indigestion.
Chamomile is also good as an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and has antiseptic properties too.
Don't you think it strange then that it's called the “Physician plant” when associated with being used in the garden, but not so with the multitude of human ailments it's said to be good for?
It can be given to children as a tea for travel sickness, if you can get them to take it that is! You may have to use a bit of persuasion or bribery.
Plants tend to be a bit more receptive than children. When you're having problems with dampening off, a condition that kills off seedlings, spraying them with a tea solution will help protect young shoots from succumbing to it.
Not many garden pests like it so plants that are struggling are said to do well when chamomile “the physician plant” is grown close to them.
Well I don't know about you girls, but each morning when I look in the mirror I hate to see those droopy under-eye bags. But what to do?
The solution! Take a muslin bag and fill it with dry chamomile flowers, soak it for a few minutes in hot water, let it cool and hold it against your eyes.
Either that, or get off to bed earlier and stop staying up all night, supping wine and entertaining!
As for all you beautiful blond ladies out there, you should be highly interested in growing chamomile. It keeps your locks light, shining and healthy. Make an infusion to serve as a conditioner that will wash those bad hair days away forever!
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