1. an aromatic plant of the daisy family native to Europe. a composite plant, Chamaemelium nobile (or Anthemis nobilis), native to the Old World, having strongly scented foliage and white ray flowers with yellow centers. Used medicinally and as a tea.
As I gathered chamomile flowers from the garden, I made sure there were no critters hiding in the petals or stems before carefully placing them in a small cup on the windowsill. My cat watched curiously by the window. I had to pick them one by one; a tedious task under the hot sun. The wind carried their delicate sweet smell towards me and the more my cup filled, the less tedious my task become. I was reminded of hot summers over fifteen years past that were spent running and foraging for flowers in the fields overlooked by the Morava Mountains. My sister and I, carelessly and happily finding new ways to get grass stains on our clothes and new bruises on our knees from falling over. This was a likely scene on most warm evenings.
Like nostalgic memories soothe and comfort us, so does the sunny herb growing wildly in the fields and in our gardens. It nourishes us, from earth to cup, reviving the lost relationship we had with the earth and the food we chose to eat.
This space took root in the spring of 2016. It is a communal nook for all people who are lovers of the food that sustains us as well as pleases our appetite. It’s for the ones who want to expand their knowledge about whole foods and get back to the basics of what we really need in our refrigerators, cabinets and pantries (and in our bodies!). It’s for the ones who make time to spend amongst the flowers and trees. You’re invited to Chamomile Roots to relax and open your mind to the better things to come.
Here’s to blooming anew.