Wild Arkansas

September 16, 2010

Chamomile by a different name

Filed under: chamomile, herbs — Tags: , — WildArkansas @ 6:03 pm

There is a chamomile growing prolifically throughout Siloam Springs. In fact, I found a whole field of beautiful golden rays.  Anthema tinctoria or Golden Chamomile’s intoxicating bouquet is reminiscent of its German cousin.  Unfortunately, it does not share the same qualities.

According to the Missouri Plants Database the flower is used for tea. Online research shows its properties are not widely known.

Personal experience with the plant: Whole flower, raw. Bitter. Leaves an aftertaste difficult to be rid of. Wonderful smell. Still experimenting. Will attempt to dry and make tea from both fresh and dry herb.

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