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Chamomile Tea: The Latin American Herbal Craze

Chamomile (also spelled camomile) is one of the better-known herbs in the Western world.  Even consumers who do not drink tea regularly are often aware of the folk remedies and potential health benefits of chamomile.

Tisanes made with chamomile (called “chamomile tea,” or “manzanilla tea”) have been served throughout the West for centuries. The ancient Egyptians used its bright, daisy-like flowers in ceremonies to worship the sun god Ra, and the ancient Greeks gave it to their soldiers to make them fit for battle.

In medieval times chamomile was the herb of choice for flavoring beer several hundred years before hops were used for that purpose. European monks employed chamomile extensively for a wide-range of ailments, as well as for improving the welfare of their herbal gardens. It is still thought that planting chamomile near weak or sick plants will help them grow. For this reason chamomile is known as the “doctor of the herbs.”

The word “chamomile” is derived from the Greek word meaning “ground apple” because of its apple- like fragrance and flavor. The Spanish word for the herb is manzanilla (“little apple”) for the same reason.  Chamomile prepared as a tisane is very popular among Central and South Americans as an aid to a healthy lifestyle. It is easily one of the best-recognized and most-requested herbal products in the Latin American market.

Chamomile comes in two main varieties: Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) and German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Botanists have long disputed which constitutes the “true” chamomile of the two as they have similar properties but subtle differences in appearance and flavor. At QTrade we offer German chamomile to our customers as this is the variety most often sought for beverages.

QTrade carries chamomile in whole and TBC cuts. We also have a number of blends which feature chamomile as an ingredient. Organic and Fair Trade options are available. Please contact us today for more information about our chamomile products.

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The above information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended for the prevention, diagnosis, or cure of any disease, illness, or ailment.

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2 Comments on “Chamomile Tea: The Latin American Herbal Craze”

  1. Kratom Tea October 19, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    Wow, I had no idea that chamomile has such a long, interesting history. I wonder if any brewers flavor their beer as the medieval brewers did?

  2. QTrade Teas and Herbs October 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    I haven’t found any big beer companies who use chamomile, but it seems to be popular among home brewers: http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/1260385.

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