Chamomile has been used in traditional medicine for centuries for sleeplessness, anxiety, and gastrointestinal conditions such as upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea.
The most common way to consume chamomile is as a tea made from dried flower heads.
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers
- Cover and steep for 5 minutes
Chamomile has historically been used in making beer and ale. Unlike for tea, in which only the flowers are used, the whole plant has been used to make beers and ales, adding a bitter flavor component favored by craft breweries and homebrewers.
Chamomile may be used as a flavoring agent in foods and beverages, mouthwash, soaps, or cosmetics.
It is also used to “upholster” chamomile seats, raised beds which are about half a meter tall, and designed to be sat upon.
Chamomile lawns are also used in sunny areas with light traffic.