Cape Chamomile

Cape chamomile or Eriocephalus punctulatus belongs to the Asteraceae family and is known to be a particularly fragrant, though rare aromatic shrub indigenous to the mountain areas of South Africa.  It is a white flowering small shrub with fleshy gland dotted leaves and grows up to a metre in height. Its white, woolly-like flowers give rise to its local name, kapokbos, meaning snow bush. Chamomile has a long tradition in herbal medicine and the flowers were used in many cures, including a herbal tea, to cure insomnia and depression and aid in stress relief. Its aromatherapy properties include analgesic, anti-allergic, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and sedative.

At La Motte, 2,04 hectares are under Cape chamomile. Cultivation is fully biologic, managing the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, insecticides, weed killers and plant growth regulators.