The chamomile plant is native to Western Europe and Northern Africa, but these days it’s grown all around the world in different temperate regions. The main exporters of chamomile today are Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Germany. German chamomile is most widely available for medicinal uses and biologically is different from the Roman and English types of chamomile. The benefits are similar, but the different types have slightly different tastes.
Records show that chamomile benefits have been recognized for at least 2,000 years, having been used both medicinally and cosmetically. Germans have used chamomile to resolve digestive issues since at least the first century, and records show that Egyptians worshipped the plant and dedicated festivals to its healing properties. Egyptian noblewomen were known to crush chamomile flowers and apply them to their skin to preserve their youthful glow and naturally slow signs of aging.
In this episode of Ancient Medicine Today, Jordan Rubin is talking about chamomile — what it is, what it does, and how best to use it, specifically for anxiety and digestion.
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