How to Grow Chamomile
It is said that the Egyptians dedicated Chamomile to their sun god and valued it over all other herbs for its healing qualities. Due to its sedative and relaxing properties Chamomile was an ingredient in some love potions of the middle ages. Chamomile flowers are used in alternative medicine as an anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, nervine, stomachic, tonic, and vasodilator. The anti-inflammatory properties make it good for rheumatism, arthritis, and other painful swellings.
Annual (zones 3-8)
10 to 14 days
Fertile, sandy, well-drained loam
8" apart, rows 18"
DAYS OF HARVEST
60 to 65 days
When plants reach height of approximately 2" and have begun to display their first true leaves, they are ready for transplanting. Do not allow seedling to grow too large in flats as they may not grow as well later in their life cycle. When moving seedlings outdoors, space small groups of 2-4 plants 8" apart in rows 18" apart.
First harvest can be done when plants are in full bloom, approximately two months from sowing. Tiny white flowers can easily be cut from plant. Repeated harvests are possible, just allow plant to generate full bloom before collecting. To dry flowers, place onto well-ventilated screen out of direct sunlight for one week (or until dry), stirring periodically.
Chamomile easily reseeds itself, but the seed can easily be collected. Remove the flower heads when they dry up on the stem; spread them out to finish drying in a protected location out of direct sunlight. Thresh the heads to remove the seed, and store it in a cool dry place for 3-4 years.
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