Chamomile originated in the Near East. Today it grows throughout Europe, North America and parts of Asia. The herbaceous plant reaches a height of 50 cm. The most important active substances are essential oils, flavonoids and coumarins. The essential camomile oil as well as the flowers, herb and seeds have many uses in medicine, therapy and the home.
Chamomile as a tea or bath is a time-honoured household remedy. In 1987, it was chosen as the first medicinal plant of the year by the Drugstore Association. In 2002 it was voted medicinal plant of the year.