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This common flower is one of the main ingredients in our Sleep Superfood Powder because of the high concentration of apigenin, an antioxidant that has been shown to promote sleepiness and reduce anxiety.
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German Chamomile, or Matricaria chamomilla, is an annual plant of the composite family Asteraceae. Once thought to be the sacred plant of the Egyptian god Ra it is now one of the most popular herbs in the world due to the benefits it has on sleep and anxiety.
Chamomile flowers are routinely depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics from 2,000 years ago, as it was thought to be sacred to the sun god Ra. It was also valued by Egyptian nobility for its healing benefits.
Chamomile became very popular in Medieval Europe for not only its health benefits, but the bitter flavor it imparted when fermented, and it became a staple ingredient in many beer recipes. It became so popular that monks began to breed the plant to increase its flower production.
Today Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the world, with over 1 million cups of chamomile tea consumed each day.
Chamomile prefers sandy to loamy soils with low Ph levels. It is typically sowed during early fall in long rows that are 10” apart. No matter what date it is planted, the flowers will not start to blossom until there is at least 17 hours of daylight, which in the northern hemisphere occurs in the middle of summer. The flowering period will last 50-65 days, and each plant typically flowers 2-3 times during that period. Once most of the plants are in full flower, buds are either plucked with fingers or handheld devices like pluck combs and comb shovels.
Chamomile flowers usually bloom into little white flowers with yellow centers, like mini daisies. The chamomile flowers sit atop long thin stems that shoot up anywhere from 6 to 24 inches from the plant’s base. The German chamomile flowers give off a strong, herbal and sometimes pungent scent. While the Roman chamomile flowers are described as having a sweeter, almost fruity scent.
The word Chamomile, which is now used to describe a host of members of the Asteraceae family, including Matricaria chamomilla comes from the Greek word chamaimēlon, or “earth-apple” due to its pungent fruity smell.
Chamomile has many health benefits, but its most notable is its ability to improve sleep quality. It contains apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to certain receptors in your bran that promote sleepiness and reduce anxiety. A 2011 study found that those who consumed chamomile extract daily reduced their night time awakening and fell asleep 15 minutes faster.
Chamomile has a long medicinal history, as it was used by both Egyptians and ancient Romans in teas, salves, incenses, and beverages to treat a myriad of ailments from cold symptoms to restlessness
Other Potential Health Benefits of Chamomile*:
- Treat cold like symptoms
- Promote digestive health
- Improve heart health
- Reduce menstrual pain
Our Chamomile Root Source:
Our Organic Chamomile comes from Foster Botanical Farms, an organic herb family farm in Vermont
with over 1 million cups of chamomile tea consumed each day, chamomile is one of the world’s most popular herbs thanks to its positive benefits on sleep quality.
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