There are several varieties and countries of origin of Chamomile – sometimes referred to as bachelor buttons because of the shape of the flower heads – but the best quality comes from Egypt. The sandy loam and nutrients from the Nile create perfect growing conditions. Chamomile flowers have a yellow center and white petal. Essential oils in the flowers produce a soothing pleasant aroma and a fruity character. In some parts of Europe, particularly southern France, chamomile plants have been strewn on floors and pathways to give the area a good scent.
It is often sipped for relief of health problems ranging from toothache to nervousness. Chamomile has also been noted as beneficial for soothing headaches, and is a natural relaxing herb known to promote restfulness and drowsiness. Chamomile tastes great with such condiments as honey, lime, lemon and cinnamon!