Chamomile

Modesty and nobility in the Greek countryside

Chamomile, a more petit version of a daisy, features a gentle aroma and a sweet flavor and it is native in the Greek countryside where it blossoms between April and June. Its flowers are usually handpicked when they are fully blossomed.

chamomili2Chamomile contains dozens of beneficial phytonutrients and minerals. It is rich in antioxidants such as flavones, tannins, salicylic acid, coumarin derivatives (vitamin K antagonists) and contains copper, potassium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin B1.

It is used either internally or externally. As a decoction, it is excellent for soothing the stomach and the throat while it helps fighting insomnia, asthma crisis, neuralgia and migraines.

Externally, it is used as an infusion in order to clean infected eyes and several skin wounds.

The word chamomile derives, via Latin, from the Greek  term “χαμαίμηλον” (chamemilon) which was used to describe the white touch chamomile flowers give to meadows, since in ancient Greek “ χαμαί” meant “on the ground” and “μήλον” meant “ sheep”.  But although chamomile flowers seemed like sheep in the grass to ancient Greeks, they were aware of their therapeutic properties, and Hippocrates, the father of western medicine considered it as a miraculous treatment for many occasions.

MLGFB Tip:

How to make a delicious concoction of chamomile and Krokos Kozanis (Greek saffron)

  • In a cup of boiling water soak one and a half spoonful of chamomile and 3-4 “threads” of Krokos.
  • Strain the concoction after 10 minutes and enjoy

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