Chamomile for oil and dried flowers

  • 64 pages

  • Published: 1 Feb 2003

  • Author(s): Falzari, L.M., Dr, Menary, R. C., Professor

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Chamomile is valuable crop producing either dried herb for use as a medicinal tea or a pharmacological, steam-distilled essential oil. The production of chamomile in Australia has potential both for import replacement and for export.
In Tasmania, there is a significant, established industry in the production of essential oils. This industry must constantly expand and improve its product range to remain viable in a highly competitive market place. The addition of new crops provides a buffer to growers against both market forces and fickle environmental conditions.
This project was the first step in developing a sustainable, commercial chamomile industry in Tasmania. Assessment was made of available seedlings, appropriate current production systems and processing infrastructure. This report details the findings of those assessments and presents the results for consideration by potential participants in the industry.