Fresh From Origin
The name Chamomile comes from the Greek word meaning 'ground apple.' Its history dates back at least to ancient Egypt, where Chamomile tea was prescribed as a cold remedy. The Romans enjoyed it as a beverage, as well as an incense. Ironically, the name 'Roman Chamomile' by which it is sometimes known, does not stem from this time. It rather comes from an arbitrary naming of the herb in the 19th Century by a botanist who happened to find some growing in the Roman Coliseum.
Part of herbal garden sampler
Explore a variety of teas with our popular sampler set.
Four teas included are:
chamomile, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint,
herbal garden teas - 4 samples
Meet our chamomile farmer, Salah Abdl-Azim AL-Esh
To ensure the best quality and value, we import our teas directly from the
countries in which they are grown, working closely with the farmers who tender
them. Our Roots Campaign connects our customers with the rich stories and the farmers
behind some of our most popular teas.
How long have you been growing tea?
What got you started in the Tea industry?
“My parents own a small piece land and all the village is professional in growing Chamomile. It is part of our life in winter.”
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Can you describe a typical day out in the field. How many hours would that be?
“During the Chamomile harvest season, I go pick flowers either before school or after school hours; sometimes I do both before and after. As you know, EL SHEIH (a local word for Chamomile in Arabic) can only be collected in the early hours of the day or late in the afternoon (after Asr prayer); otherwise, it breaks and, as my father always say, we loose the good looks of the intact whole flower. It takes me 2 hours in the morning or 3 hours in the afternoon to collect a plot this size (about 1/20 an acre) and I would collect about 20kilos.”