Botanical Name:Anthemis Nobilis Origin:United Kingdom Roman Chamomile grows extensively in central and eastern Europe, and is in the daisy family, growing to 30 cm high with lacy leaves and small white daisy-like flowers. The word 'chamomile' comes from the Greek word chamomaela or ground apple, referring to the fact that the plant grows low to the ground, and the fresh blooms have a pleasing apple-scent. In use for centuries, chamomile was a symbol of the omnipotence of the Egyptian god, Ra. The Saxons considered it to be one of nine sacred herbs and in Europe during the Middle Ages it was used as a strewing herb.
Roman Chamomile has a fragrance like apples and sweet straw, and is considered the finest smelling of all chamomiles.