Roman Chamomile, also known as English chamomile, is a perennial flower native to Europe and naturalized in North America. It makes a soothing tea and is used much like its more popular cousin, German chamomile.
Roman chamomile or German chamomile, which to choose? Your location may dictate the botanical most often chosen: Roman chamomile is preferred in the United Kingdom and eastern Europe, while German chamomile is preferred in western and southern Europe and the United States.
For many purposes, the two are used interchangeably, but differences in constituents dictate a preference in certain situations. Roman chamomile is preferred as an aromatic bitter and is more mentally relaxing, while German chamomile is more soothing to the tummy and is preferred in treatments for the skin.
German chamomile is by far the more popular of the two and is usually the chamomile used when a species is not specified.
Caution/Safety: The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies Roman chamomile as: Class: 2b Herbs not to be used during pregnancy.
Chamomile Flowers (Roman)
- Because of the popularity of the tea, chamomile is one of the most widely available tea herbs and is found packaged in convenient tea-bag form. When purchasing chamomile in teabags, always make sure they contain only flowers, as chamomile leaves are sometimes added as inexpensive filler. (Or even better, make your own. We have fill-your-own teabags as well as an array of convenient infusers.
Caution/Safety: The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies German chamomile as:
Class: 1 Herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately
Brand: Frontier Bulk
Botanical Name: Chamaemelum nobile
Directions: To prepare as a tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Safety Info: Not to be used during pregnancy.
Kosher: KSA Certified
Serving Size 2 tsp (1.0g)
Servings About 431
Amount per % Daily
Total Carbohydrate 1g <1%*
Roman Chamomile, 1g **
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
** Daily Value not established.
Common Name: Chamomiles, Roman
Plant Part: Flower
Bar Code: 0-89836-00737-7