Native to southern and eastern Europe, chamomile can be found growing throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and North and South America. The yellow-and-white flower is a common sight in meadows, alpine valleys. Plants growing at the most extremely hot and salty habitats are rich in azulenes.
A rich herbal tea made from the dried flowers and part of the stems are excellent against sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome and as a gentle sleep aid. People with colds sometimes breathe in the vapors from a steaming cup of chamomile tea. This pleasantly aromatic steam is believed to help relieve congestion of the nose and lungs, at least for a short time unless you develop allergies or other symptoms.
Collecting the wild-growing plant’s flowers in its natural habitats providing the very best chamomile tea is strictly controlled by law like tobacco or wine grape cultivation.