Botanist's Glossary

Camomile - Anthemis nobilis

  • Description
    • Camomile (Asteraceae family) is a perennial herbaceous plant that measures 10 to 30 cm in height. It has hairy stems, which culminate in flower heads that are similar to those of the daisy (in the wild species, found throughout the Atlantic region, from Ireland as far as the Azores). Camomile has a penetrating, pleasant, slightly bitter scent.
  • Traditions
    • Camomile plants have long had a reputation as medicinal plants, although the ancients had difficulty distinguishing between the different species. Roman camomile is used to make an invigorating, antispasmodic herbal tea with a pleasant aromatic, bitter taste. This infusion can also be used as a hair rinse to help prevent hair loss. It adds golden highlights to blond hair.
  • Properties
    • Camomile extract, obtained by hydrodistillation of the flowers, has softening, calming and soothing properties. It is particularly suited to delicate skin or skin damaged by harsh environmental conditions.