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Growing Information:

Chamomile

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun

PLANT HEIGHT: 15-24"

PLANT SPACING: 8"

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual

Habitat and Description


Growing Chamomile
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Chamomile likes a sunny spot, with sandy soil. It tolerates dry conditions but will bloom more freely if watered regularly. It will not grow in wet areas. Unless the soil is very poor chamomile does not need fertilizer. If you are growing Roman Chamomile do not cut the plants back in the fall. Wait until spring to carefully remove the dead branches from the previous year. Growing chamomile near other herbs is said to make those herbs have stronger medicinal qualities and make the neighboring plants stronger and healthier.
Harvesting Chamomile

Harvest the flower heads as they bloom. You can just clip them off the plant. You can use them fresh or dry them for later use. To make an herbal tea, steep about a cup of fresh flower heads in a pint of boiling water. Use about 2 tablespoons of dried powdered flower heads to a cup of boiling water. Keep a lid on steeping chamomile as some of the medicinal qualities may be lost if it is left open. Strain before drinking.



Chamomile


The benefits of Chamomile

Dried chamomile flower is an age-old medicinal drug known in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Chamomile's popularity grew throughout the Middle Ages, when people turned to it as a remedy for numerous medical complaints including asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, nervous complaints, children's ailments, skin diseases and cancer. As a popular remedy, it may be thought of as the European counterpart of ginseng.

Recent and on-going research has identified chamomile's specific anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic and sedative properties, validating its long-held reputation. Chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as an anti-inflammatory, to name only a few therapeutic uses.





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