Aside from being a pretty sight and a tasty tea, these little blooms have a fascinating history as a herbal remedy.
Chamomile, or the British English ‘camomile’, is a flowering plant that is part of the daisy family. Known for its small, white flowers and pleasing aroma, the humble herb can be found growing in many parts of the world.
In both Alchemy’s original Chamomile Gin, and Limited Edition Distiller’s Cut Gin, chamomile provides an elegant, robust flavour akin to apple or honey that balances well with earthy savoury notes like cardamom and rosemary.
Chamomile has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb to treat a wide range of ailments. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used chamomile for various health concerns, including digestive problems, anxiety, and insomnia. While studies have yet to conclude on its effectiveness, chamomile is still widely sold in remedies, teas and cosmetics.
One of the most popular uses of chamomile is as a natural sleep aid. Chamomile can have a relaxing effect on the body, which in turn can help to promote sleep and ease insomnia. It’s also used topically as an anti-inflammatory to soothe eczema and skin infections.
Regardless of the reason, we can look forward to our trusty G&T to settle in and unwind for a cracking evening.