Roman Chamomile

Origin: Europe and Northern Africa

Scientific Name: Chamaemelum nobile (aka Anthemis nobilis)

Folk Names: Amythen (Anglo-Saxon) English chamomile, ground apple, low chamomile, mother’s daisy, sweet chamomile, whig plant


Arguments are presented for multiple (arguably conflicting) sets of correspondences for chamomile. Some argue it should be given solar associations, due to the bright colour and scent of the flowers, while others argue that its healing qualities suggest it should be associated with water and the moon. I associate Roman chamomile more strongly with water and German chamomile with solar energy.

Element: Water
Day: Monday
Planet: Venus
Zodiac: Cancer
Associated Celebrations: Ostara
Deities: Apollo, Balder, Cernunnos, Hypnos, Ra, Woden

Parts used: Flowers & flowering tops

Magical Properties: Balance, communication, forgiveness, friendship, love, luck, meditation, peace, purification, spirituality, success

Substitutions: Lavender, German chamomile

Magical Uses:


Part used: Flowers
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 64°C

Scent type: Floral
Perfume note: Middle
Scent description: Herbaceous, sweet, apple-like

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia; helps to release physical stress response.



Note: This information is provided for informational purposes only, do not use any plants medicinally without consulting with an appropriate medical professional.

Medicinal Properties:Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, carminative, emmenagogue, nervine, tonic

Medicinal Uses:

Reproductive System: It is sometimes used to promote menstruation in those with amenorrhea (particularly due to eating disorders).




See chamomile.


Roman chamomile is one of 2 species of Chamaemelum.

Type: Ground-cover
Plant Height: 20-30cm
Leaves: Fine, branched, downy leaves
Flowers: Small, white, daisy-like flowers

Etymology: The nobile was given to Roman chamomile due to the belief that it had superior therapeutic properties to German chamomile.

In the Garden

Type: Perennial
Sow: Spring
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Water: Moderate
Soil: Well-drained

Companion Planting: Roman chamomile benefits most plants, especially herbs and onions - it seems to drive away flying insects and increase yields.