Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Chamomile in the Meadow




Those of you with a keen eye for flowers may have noticed that we have wild chamomile growing in our mini-flower meadow.

Amongst the vibrant poppies, coriander, and sea lavender, we have this rather delicate yet incredibly familiar plant belonging to the sunflower family.

You may have overlooked the chamomile as just another daisy, but here are some interesting facts that may change your mind!

The word chamomile, translated from Greek means "earth-apple", refering to the apple-like scent of the plant.

Chamomile has been used through out the ages as a herbal tea. It’s probably one of the most well known herbal drinks around and can easily be found at your local supermarket.

Its medicinal uses include treating sore stomach and irritable bowel syndrome.

Chamomile Tea is also mildly sedative and so may be drunk before bedtime to help as a sleep aid.

So why not check out the flowers in our meadow or even try some Chamomile tea today - see if you can identify the chamomile plants from our pictures!

3 comments:

Sue said...

So here's a biggie for you....

Are you giving us all permission to go and pick flowers?

I would hate it if all those beautiful flowers ended up in a vase on some Leabankers coffee table.

Sue

Pen said...

Thanks for this very informative article.

Please can you do some more blogs on some more of the flowers and herbs we have in Leabank Square?

Pen

Julie said...

More flowers please!!

We want to know more about the amazing flowers in Leabank Square.

Especially the ones in the meadow on the green - they are so colourful!

Thanks
Julie