Organic chamomile seeds produce a sweetly scented herb. German chamomile has branched stems, feathery leaves with numerous narrowly lobed leaflets, and attractive flowers. The base of the flower head is characteristically hollow. German chamomile belongs to sunflower family (Asteraceae) and grows 6-24 inches (15-60 cm) high. Chamomile is very easy to grow from seed to bloom. The biodegradable Seed Pods contain non-GMO, certified organic seeds inside a mineral growth medium.
German chamomile leaves and flowers are edible but differ in taste. Chamomile flowers have a slight apple-like taste. Both can be added to vegetable and fruit salads, and even as decoration for desserts and cakes. Chamomile is an excellent tea plant, popularly used to make fresh chamomile herbal tea.
Chamomile is a Eurasian annual, which grows in North Africa. Chamomile has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. Historically, it has been used to treat many conditions. The word chamomile comes from the Greek ‘chamaimelon’ meaning ‘earth apple’. ‘chamai’ meaning ‘on the ground’ and ’mēlon’ meaning ’apple’, refers of the characteristic scent of the plant.
German chamomile is widely cultivated for medicinal use. It has been used in herbal medicine as a carminative, anti-inflammatory and as an antiseptic. It is taken as a strong tea, but it is also used in ointments, lotions, and as a mouthwash against infections. Chamomile relaxes spasms, benefits the digestion tract and stimulates the immune system. It acts like a mild sedative to help with sleep and travel sickness. German chamomile can be used externally to relieve sunburn and reduce muscle spasms.