The word chamomile comes from the Greek (chamaimelon) meaning "earth-apple", which is derived from ?aµa? (chamai) meaning "on the ground" and (melon) meaning "apple". It is so called because of the apple-like scent of the plant. M. chamomilla has a branched, erect and smooth stem, which grows to a height of 15–60 cm (6–23.5 in). The long and narrow leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate.
In traditional system of medicine, Matricaria chamomilla L. is an important plant and has been used as herbal tea for its antioxidative and ROS scavenging property.