Everything Chamomile

Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman medicine texts contain descriptions of using chamomile as a calming tisane (herbal tea infusion) and for treating erythema (superficial reddening of the skin) and xerosis (abnormally dry skin) caused by dry weather. Both the Egyptians and Saxons held chamomile sacred, and, in Slovakia, a person was supposed to bow to chamomile plants when he or she encountered them. Chamomile is found in the writings of early Greek botanists/physicians Hippocrates (5th century BCE) and Dioscorides (1st century CE), and the Roman physician Galen (2nd century CE). By the 16th and 17th centuries, chamomile was used extensively for intermittent fever.