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Roman Chamomile

Chamaemelum nobile

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
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Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Cliffs, gardens, grassland, lawns, roadsides, sea cliffs, seaside.

White, many petals
The flowers resemble large white daisies. Flowers measure between 1.8 and 2.5cm across. White-edged, green bracts. Pollinated by flies, bees and beetles.
An oblong, seed-like fruit. The seeds ripen from June to October.
A hairy, mat-forming perennial plant with finely divided leaves and thread-like leaflets.
This plant is strongly aromatic.
Other Names:
Camomile, Chamomile, Common Chamomile, Corn Chamomile, Dog's Chamomile, English Chamomile, Garden Chamomile, German Chamomile, Ground Apple, Lawn Chamomile, Low Chamomile, Mother's Daisy, Pellitory of Spain, Scotch Chamomile, St Anne's Flower, Sweet Chamomile, Whig Plant, Wild Chamomile.
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Chamaemelum nobile, also known as Roman chamomile or garden chamomile, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. It is native to Europe and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant and for its essential oil. The plant is known for its small, white flowers and finely divided leaves. It grows well in a variety of habitats, including gardens, lawns, and along roadsides. Chamaemelum nobile is a herbaceous plant that can grow up to 30 cm in height. It is commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant and is valued for its attractive flowers and fragrant, apple-scented leaves. The plant is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments and is used in the production of essential oils.


Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and North Africa. It is known for its soothing and relaxing properties and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various health problems. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of Roman Chamomile, its history and uses, and how to grow and use this amazing herb.

Health Benefits: Roman Chamomile has several health benefits that make it a popular ingredient in many natural remedies. It is known to have a calming effect on the body and mind, helping to relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia. The herb is also effective in treating digestive problems, such as indigestion, cramps, and bloating. Additionally, Roman Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful for treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes.

History and Uses: Roman Chamomile has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Rome and Greece. The Romans used the herb to soothe the skin, and it was also used as a sedative to help with sleep and relaxation. Throughout history, the herb has been used in teas, perfumes, and as an ingredient in many traditional remedies. Today, Roman Chamomile is still widely used in aromatherapy and as an ingredient in many natural health products.

Growing and Using Roman Chamomile: Roman Chamomile is a low-growing plant that is easy to grow in a garden or in pots. It prefers a well-drained soil and full sun, but can also grow in partial shade. The plant blooms in the summer and produces small, white, daisy-like flowers. To use Roman Chamomile, simply pick the flowers and dry them, or purchase dried flowers from a natural health store. You can use the dried flowers to make tea, add to a bath, or use as an ingredient in skincare products.

In conclusion, Roman Chamomile is a versatile herb that has many health benefits and uses. From its calming properties to its anti-inflammatory effects, this herb is a natural remedy for many common health problems. Whether you grow it yourself or purchase dried flowers, Roman Chamomile is a must-have ingredient in any natural health and wellness arsenal.

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In addition to its health benefits, Roman Chamomile is also a popular herb in the world of aromatherapy. The essential oil extracted from the flowers has a sweet, fruity aroma that is known to promote calmness and relaxation. It is commonly used in diffusers, added to massage oils, or used in bath products to help soothe and calm the mind and body.

Another popular use for Roman Chamomile is as a sleep aid. The calming properties of the herb make it an effective natural remedy for insomnia and sleep disturbances. Drinking a cup of Roman Chamomile tea before bed can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Additionally, using the essential oil in a diffuser or adding it to a warm bath can help promote relaxation and sleep.

Roman Chamomile is also commonly used in skincare products due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. The herb is often added to creams, lotions, and balms to help treat skin irritations and conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes. It can also be used to soothe sunburns, insect bites, and minor cuts and scrapes.

Aside from its health benefits, Roman Chamomile is also a beautiful and fragrant addition to any garden. The low-growing plant is perfect for creating a relaxing and fragrant herb garden or for planting in pots on a patio or balcony. When in bloom, the plant will attract pollinators, such as bees, and will bring a touch of natural beauty to your outdoor space.

Roman Chamomile is a versatile and valuable herb that offers many health benefits and uses. Whether you use it for its calming properties, its anti-inflammatory effects, or simply to enjoy its sweet aroma, Roman Chamomile is a must-have for anyone interested in natural health and wellness.

Another important aspect of Roman Chamomile is its versatility as a flavoring ingredient. The herb is often used to add a sweet, fruity flavor to tea blends, infusions, and other beverages. It pairs well with other herbs such as lavender and mint, and can be used to create unique and refreshing tea blends. The herb can also be added to baked goods and sweets, providing a subtle and delicious flavor that is both unique and comforting.

Roman Chamomile is also known for its soothing properties when it comes to the digestive system. It is commonly used to treat indigestion, nausea, and other digestive issues, making it a popular ingredient in many digestive teas and remedies. The herb is also believed to have a relaxing effect on the muscles of the digestive tract, making it an effective natural remedy for digestive cramps and spasms.

The essential oil of Roman Chamomile is also commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products. Its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective ingredient in many skin care products, including creams, lotions, and balms.

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