cham·​o·​mile | \ˈka-mə-ˌmī(-ə)l, -ˌmēl \
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Definition of chamomile 

1 : a perennial composite (see composite entry 1 sense 1b) herb (Chamaemelum nobile synonym Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and North Africa with aromatic (see aromatic entry 1 sense 1) foliage and flower heads

2 : any of several composite plants (genera Matricaria and Anthemis) related to chamomile especially : an annual Eurasian herb (M. recutita synonym M. chamomilla) naturalized (see naturalize sense 4) in North America

3 : the dried flower heads of chamomile that are often used in making tea and that yield an essential oil possessing medicinal properties

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And a cup of chamomile—or CAP Beauty’s new adaptogenic herb blend swirled into warm nut milk—is a good bodily cue. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 2018 But now, Weleda has created this oh-so-lovely lip balm for us, which is not only beyond-cute but works like a charm, thanks to a calming blend of viola, chamomile, and calendula flowers. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Exclusive: Weleda Created an Entire Collection of Skin Food Products," 22 Oct. 2018 Many oil companies provide pre-blended oils, like Edens Garden, which provides a sleep blend of lavender, chamomile and other oils called Good Night (5ml, $7.95). Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Essential oil guide: What oils to use, how to use them and safety tips," 25 Apr. 2018 Instead, Day suggests swapping your body scrub for a Clarisonic facial brush and a salicylic acid cleanser, like Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, which has 2 percent salicylic acid to penetrate follicles and chamomile to soothe skin. Chloe Metzger, Allure, "How to Treat Keratosis Pilaris (aka "Chicken Skin") on the Back of Your Arms," 31 Oct. 2018 Fresh as Helles has floral notes that have been steeped in the oils of an orange peel, creating a flavor that reminds us of an orange chamomile tea with a bready finish. Fox News, "Best craft beers to drink right now," 3 May 2017 Similar to when tea steeps in water, the ash seeps toxins into the underlying water table — a chemical chamomile, of sorts. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "New reports: Contaminants from coal ash at levels 40 times above safe drinking water standards," 28 Mar. 2018 Roman chamomile, which has a bright, apple-like scent; clary sage, with its rich, sweet scent; and the floral notes of geranium and lavender (all available inexpensively at most health food stores). Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 All-Natural Remedies to Get a Better Night's Sleep," 11 Nov. 2010 Ingredients like chamomile and magnesium, which may help us feel more relaxed, make drinking this a nice before-bed ritual. The Cut, "​Should You Be Drinking Your Skincare? (An Expert Says Yes)," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of chamomile

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chamomile

Middle English camemille, from Medieval Latin camomilla, modification of Latin chamaemelon, from Greek chamaimēlon, from chamai + mēlon apple

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English Language Learners Definition of chamomile

: a plant that has a strong smell and small white and yellow flowers that are often used in making tea and medicine


variants: or camomile \ˈkam-​ə-​ˌmīl, -​ˌmēl \

Medical Definition of chamomile 

1a : a composite herb (Chamaemelum nobile synonym Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and Africa having aromatic flower heads

b : any of several related composite plants (genera Anthemis and Matricaria) especially : a Eurasian herb of the genus Matricaria (M. recutita synonym M. chamomilla) naturalized in North America

2 : the dried flower heads of a chamomile that are often used in making tea and that yield an essential oil possessing medicinal properties

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