Chamomile / Anthemis Nobilis
Habitat and Growing Conditions: Found in Europe, North Africa, and temperate Asia. It requires a sunny area.
Pertinent Information: Bitter. Carminative. Antispasmodic. Emmenagogue. Stomachic. Anodyne. Use the flowers. Collect between May and August when not wet with dew. Good for a weak stomach or low appetite. Gentle but potent. Makes an excellent wash for open wounds or sores, or a healing mouthwash. The name comes from Greek-- because it smells somewhat like apples they named it kamai (on the ground) melon (apple).
Personal Experience: I love the flavor and color! Chamomile never fails to help me relax and slow down in the evening.
References: Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss, 103; A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieves, 185- 187; Herbal Medicine, Rosemary Gladstar, 117-120; Holistic Herbal, David Hoffman, 190