Monday 11 May 2020

Chamomile (East Germany, 1960)

Chamomile is native to southern and eastern Europe but can now be found growing all around the world. Its daisy-like flowers contain a blue oil which is how we derive essential oils and remedies related to the plant. Its official name in the taxonomy is maticaria chamomilla. Chamomilla comes from the Greek meaning “earth-apple” or “apple-of-the-ground” and relates to the plant’s scent. Matricaria is thought to relate to the Latin matrix meaning womb, because of chamomile’s soothing effect on menstrual cramps and pre-menstrual syndrome.

The stamp hails from East Germany in 1960, a year before the fortification of its western borders and the construction of the Berlin Wall.

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