In Spring in the Holy Land, the hills above the Jordan Valley are filled with masses of wildflowers: in the words of Jesus, “the flowers of the field”.
Poppies, daisies and other plants, including chamomile, have all been suggested as candidates for "flowers of the field” in Jordan.
The Chamomile is a member of the daisy family. The name is from the Greek word chamos meaning "ground" and melos meaning "apple" and thus aptly describe this plant because of its scent. The flowers open out broadly in the morning light and close down in the evening.
The ancient Egyptians used chamomile to reduce fevers in malaria. Chamomile tea has excellent calming, relaxing qualities and can be used to alleviate stress-related problems. It also has pain-relieving properties and has been used to ease contractions during childbirth. It also has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Abigail, who was married at one time to King David, had a troublesome life but acted generously towards the hungry and the helpless, and was referred to by a Biblical Scholar as being ‘skilled in the preparation of those healing infusions of chamomile tea to relieve a belly ache, soft gelatine for a flu, and cranberries without sugar to help with nausea. She, all along, was the mother-magician, adept at the healing arts’.