Herbs for Teas
oth of the
following herbs possess white rays and yellow centers, are members of the composite, or
daisy, family, and are sold in their desiccated state:
or chamomile, known scientifically as Matricaria chamomilla, is
cherished by Mexicans as much as by Northerners as a nerve-soothing tea.
- Santa María, or
feverfew, is technically a kind of chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum parthenium.
The tea resulting from brewing Santa María isn't drunk for its taste, but rather
for its medicinal value. Mexicans use it to encourage menstruation, help cramps, soothe
the nerves, and as a tonic. The natural insecticide pyrethrum is derived from Chrysanthemum