One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aromatic European plant of the daisy family, with white and yellow flowers.
The perennial sweet (or Roman) camomile (Chamaemelum nobile (or Anthemis nobilis), family Compositae), traditionally used for lawns and herbal medicine, the annual German camomile (Matricaria recutita), used medicinally, and the yellow-flowered dyer's camomile (Anthemis tinctoria), used to produce a yellow-brown dye
- ‘And to relieve insomnia, try putting a drop of basil, chamomile, clary sage or lavender onto your pillow at night.’
- ‘Almost everyone is familiar with the herb chamomile and its yellow and white daisy-like flowers that are used to make the popular tea.’
- ‘The herbs chamomile, valerian, yarrow, nettle, comfrey and dandelion can help make a success of your compost heap.’
- ‘Medium-sized plants that take well to containers are beet, chamomile with its delicate white and yellow flowers, and everyone's favorite-tomatoes!’
- ‘Ointments containing marigold, chamomile and comfrey are safe, as is aloe vera.’
- ‘Aromatic herbs like chamomile should smell fragrant.’
- ‘Although many references designate German chamomile as the sweeter type preferred for tea, I harvest the mature flowers of both chamomiles for a light, apple-scented tea.’
- ‘I plant the annual chamomile in a space that is out of the way where I can harvest easily.’
- ‘Mint, lemon balm, pennyroyal, chives, chamomile, mayflower, and summer savory are a few herbs perfectly suited to this microclimate.’
- ‘A blue damselfly hovers up from the chamomile, white and yellow, green.’
- ‘Some of the ones that are especially good for skin are rose, lemon verbena, rosemary, geranium, clary sage, and chamomile.’
- ‘If stress is a constant part of your life, try to burn a chamomile, lavender or sandalwood scented candle.’
- ‘In his head, he made a catalog of what the tea would need - blackcurrant, chamomile, heather, hawthorn, lemon balm, motherwort, marjoram, passion flower, and St John's wort.’
- ‘Addressing an enthusiastic health-conscious audience, Dr Shikha Sharma highlighted the benefits of several herbs such as jasmine, camomile, basil and thyme.’
- ‘Basil adds luster to hair: brunettes, add it to a rosemary rinse, blondes, add it to a chamomile rinse.’
- ‘We were fascinated by your use of rutin, since this flavonoid is a constituent in many herbs, including chamomile, elderberry and hawthorn.’
- ‘The formula contained nettle leaf, violet leaf, wild oat seed, chamomile flowers, cleavers and fenugreek seed added to warm spearmint tea or diluted juice.’
- ‘A favorite blend is equal parts of spearmint, chamomile flowers, fennel seeds, catnip and lemon balm.’
- ‘To ensure that you sleep the whole night through, put a drop of basil, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, or lavender essential oil onto your pillow at night.’
- ‘From these various composts, special preparations are made using such things as silica, yarrow, chamomile, nettle, oak bark, dandelion and horsetail.’
Middle English: from Old French camomille, from late Latin chamomilla, from Greek khamaimēlon ‘earth-apple’ (because of the apple-like smell of its flowers).
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