Chamomile's history spans many cultures and continents. The term chamomile comes from the Greek word "chamomaela" or "ground apple" to describe its refreshing, apple-like scent.
Ancient Egyptians dedicated chamomile to their Gods because they believed it to help cure "the fever". The Spanish used chamomile as a flavoring agent in sherry making. The Romans sipped chamomile as a healing beverage and used it as incense. English brewers used chamomile flowers throughout the Middle Ages as a bittering agent in beer making. Monks during the Middle Ages cultivated the plant not only for beer but also for use in traditional herbal remedies. They even noticed that planting chamomile near other species of ailing plants would aid in the ailing plant's recovery. It was later discovered that the plant's apple-like smell repels insects and other plant pests, which protects the chamomile as well as its neighbor plants.
Each year, the United States imports between 750,000 and one million pounds, with an estimated 90% of it used for herbal tea.
Lavender is a shrub known the world over for its pleasant aroma and bright purple flowers. It has been thought for centuries to enflame passions as an aphroisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world. The ancient Greeks called the lavender herb nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda. Lavender was one of the holy herbs used in the biblical Temple to prepare the holy essence, and nard is mentioned in the Song of Solomon.
This harmonious pairing, naturally caffeine-free, boasts refreshingly sweet yet relaxing and grounding herbal and fruit notes. It brews into a light gold color, like soft sunshine. The daisy-like flowering plant is known as a relaxing herb. Even Peter Rabbit's mother used the herb, sending the mischievous young bunny to bed with a cup of chamomile tea when he returns home after narrowly escaping from Mr. McGregor's garden.
Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. It is also known for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, stress-relieving, antiseptic and analgesic properties. Lavender has a long history of use in natural remedies. It's calming scent makes it soothing to the respiratory system and it is often suggested to calm coughs and colds.