or cam·o·mile (kăm'ə-mīl', -mēl')
- An aromatic perennial herb (Chamaemelum nobile) in the composite family, native to Europe and the Mediterranean region, having feathery foliage and flower heads with white rays and yellow centers.
- A similar, related Eurasian annual plant (Matricaria recutita).
- The dried flower heads of either one of these plants, used to make an herbal tea and yielding an oil used in commercial flavorings and perfumery.
[Middle English camomille, from Old French, from Late Latin chamomilla, alteration of Latin chamaemēlon, from Greek khamaimēlon : khamai, on the ground + mēlon, apple.]
24 flavors or 24 mei is the name given to a variety of Cantonese herbal tea, drunk for medicinal purposes. Its name refers to the fact that it is a mixture of up to 24 different ingredients (although it may feature as few as 10 or as many as 28 or more). The recipe is not fixed, and thus may vary according to the producer.
The tea is somewhat bitter in taste.
- Mulberry leaf (桑叶)
- Chrysanthemum flower (菊花)
- Japanese Honeysuckle flower (金银花)
- Bamboo leaf (竹叶)
- Peppermint (薄荷)
- Imperata cylindrica (茅根)
- Luohan guo (罗汉果)
- Agastache rugosa (藿香)
- Perilla frutescens (紫苏)
- Elsholtzia (香薷)
- Fermented soybean (淡豆鼓)
- Cleistocalyx operculatus flower (水翁花)
- Microcos paniculata leaf (布渣叶)
- Ilex rotunda (救必应)