Botanical: Matricaria chamomilla
Origin: Sri Lanka
Health Benifits: Caffeine free and containing Apgenin an antioxidant that aids sleep and reduces insomnia, Chamomile also aids digestion, it has anti-inflammatory properties that also reduce the risk of some cancers and is thought to lower blood sugar levels.
Of all the herbs chamomile is possibly the most widespread, growing in most temperate countries around the globe. Chamomile has a delightful daisy like flower that can be picked at least three times in a growing season. The buds have a floral, herby bouquet and when brewed the golden liquor releases notes of apple, flowers and herbs. The name has Greek origins and literally translates as ‘ground apple’ suggesting that the herb has been used throughout history. The calming and soothing properties of the tea are well known, but it also can prevent nausea and help with an upset stomach. At day’s end a cup of Chamomile will help you drift off to sleep.
The Red Spotted Sawtooth Butterfly
The Red Spotted Sawtooth is common in
Sri Lanka where Chamomile is grown. They are highly social and flock in huge ‘Kaleidoscopes’ often gathering around water. The edge of a Sawtooth’s wing has tiny serrations like teeth on a saw blade. These serrations reduces sound and improves aerodynamics.