Chamomile Folklore & History

Chamomile is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs.

The Egyptians dedicated chamomile to their sun gods because the flower reminded them of the sun.  It was associated with the god Ra for its healing powers and was used as a cure for agu which is a form of malaria.  It is believed that chamomile was used in the mummification process for its insect repelling qualities.  The Romans also dedicated chamomile to their gods, bathed in it, walked on it and used it medicinally. The Vikings added chamomile to  hair shampoos to aid in the lightening of blonde hair.

The fresh plant has a distinct scent of apples, a characteristic noted by the Greeks who named it ground apple (kamai means on the ground) and melon (apple), the origin of the name Chamomile.

In olden days, Chamomile was known as the plant’s physician because people thought that by placing chamomile next to a sickly plant, 90% of the time the plant would recover.

Chamomile is supposed to have the magical ability to attract money.  Old time gamblers used to wash their hands in chamomile tea before playing cards or throwing dice.

Chamomile tea is an old-fashioned remedy to calm nervousness and was considered a preventative and the sole certain remedy for nightmare.

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