Soothes body and mind
Not to be confused with its German counterpart, Roman chamomile is the smaller of the two flowers, but by no means less mighty. With an apple-like fragrance, the oil is renowned for its calming effects on the body and mind.
Native to western Europe, and rarely more than nine inches tall, Roman chamomile plant creates a ferny and fine carpet where planted which makes it a popular ground cover in gardens globally. The yellow and white daisy-like flowers are used to obtain the essential oil which, surprisingly, turns a pale blue colour during distillation.
The flower has been used throughout history to treat and relieve wounds, burns and sunburns, as well as skin irritations. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties make it deodorising and cleansing, perfect for use in soaps and oral hygiene products.
Chamomile is also often used in shampoos and hair treatments as it helps to bring out yellow tones in hair, giving blonde hair a brighter appearance.
After picking, our flowers are dried in one-tonne mounds in a specially-built warehouse, where they are piled around 30cm deep on a raised mesh floor. The flowers need to be dried quickly in order to preserve their beautiful fragrance, so warm air is fanned in under the mesh floor and the blooms are turned over with long-pronged forks.
Flower production is an important part of the French rural economy and there is a community culture among farmers in each district. Because growing roman chamomile takes a lot of nutrients from the soil, our farmers work with their neighbours to interchange food crops such as wheat onto the space in certain years, so as to repair the soil while still receiving produce from the land, rather than just leaving it fallow.