German Chamomile is a widely known and time tested herbal sleep-aid. It has such cultural significance that some of the first pilgrims migrating to the New World brought it with them on ships crossing the Atlantic. Also known as Matricaria chamomilla, its an annual plant that can be found near populated areas all over Europe and temperate Asia, and it has been widely introduced in temperate North America and Australia. Chamomile grows close to the ground and has small daisy-like flowers with raised yellow centers.
Ancient Egyptians valued the healing properties of chamomile so much that they dedicated it to their Sun God: Ra. The Egyptians often utilized it to to treat fevers. The Ancient Greeks later used chamomile to treat headaches as well as disorders of the kidney, bladder and liver. During the Victorian era in of Great Britain herbal chamomile tea was used to treat hysteria and nervousness in children and adults alike.