Why was chamomile called chamomile

This flower was named chamomile a little over two centuries ago. The name "chamomile" is borrowed from the Polish language and comes from lat. romana - Roman. The Poles were the first to call this plant, already in the middle of the 16th century they described it as a color of the novels. From the word "novel" the diminutive form of the word - "chamomile" was formed. The word was first recorded at the end of the 18th century in the recipe of the first Russian agronomist A.G. Bolotov.

The literal translation of the Latin scientific name of the genus is "uterine herb". The name comes from lat. matrix - the uterus, since in the old days the plant was used in the treatment of female diseases. For the first time this name was used by the Swedish botanist and physician Albrecht von Haller.

Previously, plants with white petals and a yellow center were called navels, because a yellow “navel” rises in the center of the inflorescence.