Stellaria media- Chickweed. We would listen to herb stories at bedtime with our kids for years and years. One of the stories was about Stellaria media. This Summer was the first time for us to grow this lovely green and in planters. All Summer I was waiting patiently to see this iconic flower and here she is. Growing herbs from seed really does something for the soul. On the other hand, don’t feel bad if growing herbs is not yet a trait you have. Things take time. It took billions of years to get this desert and mountain landscape the way it is now. Get out there and start gardening, walk in Nature, and listen to the plants. We learn by doing, observing, and listening. It is also a great form of therapy for me as well-Very grateful for this.
German Chamomile, also known as Matricaria recutita, is a part of the Aster family (Asteraceae). The way I grew up knowing her was by calling her Manzanilla, the little apple. Why? Because she was often described as her flower smelling like an apple, or the tea tasting like a green apple. But what causes this flower to have the scent and smell of an apple?
Upon studying the components of German Chamomile for a case study, my goal was to look for the therapeutic properties of the essential oil. What I found was that one of the components of this magnificent flower is trans-B-farnesene. Although I could not find the therapeutic properties connected to this acyclic sesquiterpene alkene, this component serves a different olfactory purpose.
What was interesting is that trans-B-farnesene is also found in green apple and the scent of green apple. The green apple and German Chamomile have the same scent because of trans-B-farnesene! Sometimes, looking up components for their therapeutic properties may lead you to not finding one, but leading you to the connection she has to another fruit of a plant, like green apple.
I love Nature, don’t you?
Ethan B. Russo, Jahan Marcu, in Advances in Pharmacology, 2017
Time to collect blossoms of Calendula officinalis. I gather both the blossoms and seeds. Working from my own garden for my own blends and for my own household. Checkout the YouTube video on the lesson that Calendula has taught me! Remember to subscribe.
I am not the first, nor the last of expressing and sharing the beauty of mathematics in Nature. What I will share in this blog are thoughts, experiences, and lessons learned to validate life, both human and botanical, living mathematically.