A type of herb that is most often associated with tea or herbal remedies. Native to Europe, Chamomile is typically classified as either Roman or German Chamomile. The Roman variety is considered to be part of the evergreen family while the German variety is associated with the daisy family of plants. They differ most in appearance with the Roman Chamomile having a fuller bodied plant containing more branches on each stem than the German Chamomile. Both types have small daisy-like flowers that bud at the ends of each stem and provide a slight aroma similar to the smell of apples. A few of the uses for this herb include: for making teas; as a garnish for decorating foods with the edible flowers on the stems; as a herbal medication for use in relieving stomach discomfort, some skin irriations and for use in helping with hay fever or asthma conditions; as a flavoring or coloring agent used in various beverages such as vermouth or making wine; and as an ingredient used in making cosmetics. People who are sensitive to some plants, particularly daisies, may find this herb will cause an allergic reaction, so it is best to know if one is sensative to Chamomile before using it for any purpose.
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