Definition of chamomile in US English:

chamomile

(also camomile)

noun

  • An aromatic European plant of the daisy family, with white and yellow flowers.

    The perennial sweet (or Roman) chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile (or Anthemis nobilis), family Compositae), used, especially formerly, for lawns and herbal medicine, the annual German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), used medicinally, and the yellow-flowered dyer's chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria), used to produce a yellow-brown dye

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aromatic herbs like chamomile should smell fragrant.’
    • ‘The herbs chamomile, valerian, yarrow, nettle, comfrey and dandelion can help make a success of your compost heap.’
    • ‘A blue damselfly hovers up from the chamomile, white and yellow, green.’
    • ‘The formula contained nettle leaf, violet leaf, wild oat seed, chamomile flowers, cleavers and fenugreek seed added to warm spearmint tea or diluted juice.’
    • ‘And to relieve insomnia, try putting a drop of basil, chamomile, clary sage or lavender onto your pillow at night.’
    • ‘Basil adds luster to hair: brunettes, add it to a rosemary rinse, blondes, add it to a chamomile rinse.’
    • ‘From these various composts, special preparations are made using such things as silica, yarrow, chamomile, nettle, oak bark, dandelion and horsetail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mint, lemon balm, pennyroyal, chives, chamomile, mayflower, and summer savory are a few herbs perfectly suited to this microclimate.’
    • ‘Some of the ones that are especially good for skin are rose, lemon verbena, rosemary, geranium, clary sage, and chamomile.’
    • ‘Almost everyone is familiar with the herb chamomile and its yellow and white daisy-like flowers that are used to make the popular tea.’
    • ‘Addressing an enthusiastic health-conscious audience, Dr Shikha Sharma highlighted the benefits of several herbs such as jasmine, camomile, basil and thyme.’
    • ‘Ointments containing marigold, chamomile and comfrey are safe, as is aloe vera.’
    • ‘I plant the annual chamomile in a space that is out of the way where I can harvest easily.’
    • ‘Medium-sized plants that take well to containers are beet, chamomile with its delicate white and yellow flowers, and everyone's favorite-tomatoes!’
    • ‘We were fascinated by your use of rutin, since this flavonoid is a constituent in many herbs, including chamomile, elderberry and hawthorn.’

Origin

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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