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Camomile - Natural remedy of the month

 August 2009

 NATURAL REMEDY OF THE MONTH - CAMOMILE

camomile teaPerfect for healthy tea on a scented lawn 

Camomile (or chamomile) is one of those plants which many of us have heard of but don’t know a great deal about. The Camomile Lawn of course was the name of Mary Wesley’s 1984 famous novel and the subsequent tv series starring Felicity Kendal and Paul Eddington; but these weren’t particularly based on this surprising perennial plant.

There are a number of different plants called camomile. One type of camomile can look a little like grass and is delightful when used as a lawn as it has a wonderful fragrance which is released after rain or when you walk on it. The Elizabethans used to enjoy the sweet fragrance of camomile lawns and the most famous lawn, dating from King George V, is at Buckingham Palace.

There are different varieties of lawn camomile, for instance treneague is a variety that never flowers, therefore no pollen, and is very sweet smelling, and there is also a dwarf camomile which has a few single daisy like flowers in late summer which again can be nice for lawns.

Then of course you have varieties of camomile that are used to make camomile tea. The best quality comes from the Nile Delta and produces a pleasant aromatic tea with a fruity flavour.

It makes a lovely refreshing drink but even better, camomile tea is said to be very good to help alleviate a number of ailments.

For many years, people have drunk camomile tea as an anti-inflammatory, a mild sedative and also as an anti-ulcer remedy. It is also used to help with toothache and headaches. One of its more popular uses is to assist with insomnia and anxiety – camomile is sometimes referred to as the relaxing herb and is used in the evening to promote calmness and therefore sleep.

It has also been reported to have anti-oxidant activity and the essential oil extracted from the camomile flowers has been shown to possess antimicrobial activity. It is also said to be very good for the digestion.

For the best results, camomile should be drunk with milk, but many like to add mint, honey or cinnamon to the tea to make a more tasty drink.

Camomile teas are available from most health shops and some supermarkets. For more information on camomile lawns, garden centres should be able to help, or you could visit:
www.camomilelawns.co.uk or
www.turfshop.co.uk




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