ORIGIN: Chamomile is an annual plant, its branched stem is upright and smooth with long, fine leaves. The plant produces numerous flowers which are yellow with white petals. Chamomile prefers half shade and a fairly damp conditions.
USES: Tradition states that the plant should be pulled up and hung upside down between May and August to dry in a dark airy place to avoid mould forming. These dried flowers are then used to make teas.
PROPERTIES: It has sedative, antispasmodic and calming properties. Chamomile tea is often taken before bed to aid sleep as it is relaxing and contains no caffeine.