Roman chamomile is one of the two main chamomile species. Roman chamomile is a low-growing herb that is often used as a ground cover in the garden, and when mown down can also be used as a lawn. Its flowers are similar to daisies in appearance, and the plant gives off an almost apple-like scent.
Many people use chamomile for teas that are meant to calm the nerves and bring relaxation.
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
Roman chamomile is a perennial that tends to stay low to the ground, generally growing less than a foot tall. It makes a good ground cover but may spread slowly. This chamomile variety does not tolerate very hot conditions, and it prefers well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny location. It does fine with some light shade.
Sow Roman chamomile directly into the soil. It will take up to 2 weeks for seedlings to appear. Harvest the flowers and use for tea or as an ingredient in different recipes.
Recipes/How to Use:
This herb is most commonly used to make calming teas. You can also try tossing some of the clipped fresh leaves or flower petals into a salad, or use as a garnish.
Water for one mug of tea
1 teaspoon dried chamomile
Honey and lemon, to taste
• Add chamomile to enough water for one mug of tea and bring to a boil. Strain, then add honey and lemon to add a little sweetness and taste. Serves 1.