Chamomile

The delicate yellow and white blooms are one of the oldest medical herbs. The name comes from the greek  “χάμω” - chamo meaning on the ground and “μήλο” - milo meaning apple, so Chamomile translates to apple of the ground. Other names for chamomile are ground apple, scented mayweed, whig plant, and maythen. As well as aiding sleep there are several different medical and mythical uses for Chamomile, it’s so popular in Germany that it’s described as the herb of ‘alles zutraut’, meaning capable of anything.

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In ancient Egypt, Chamomile was a scared herb that was associated with Egyptian sun gods, as the shape of the flowers reminded them of the sun and they dedicated the blooms to the sun god Ra for their healing powers. It was used to treat a disease similar to malaria called agu and women would mix chamomile with crushed rose petals to apply to their skin. While the ancient Greeks believed that drinking chamomile tea regularly could cure most illnesses.

Camomile, you mite of whiteness,
To refresh the road I’ve taken,
Rising from the dust, you stand there,
With your glowing head uplifted..
— Jurgis Baltrusaitis

The Anglo-Saxons believed chamomile was one of the sacred herbs given to the earth by the god Woden. Whilst in Victorian language of flowers, chamomile symbolised energy in adversity. Chamomile is believed by some to possess the power to attract money, gamblers should wash their hands in chamomile tea to ensure good luck at the gaming tables. In South America Chamomile is known as a lucky flower, it is traditional to make a garland to wear around your hair to attract a lover, or carry some in your pocket for general good fortune. 

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