Chamomile teas (tisanes) have been used for thousands of years in many countries and cultures. The plant is one of the most ancient herbs known, and widely regarded as beneficial for a multitude of medical conditions. Its essential oils are also used in beauty therapies and aromatherapy. Throughout history, chamomile has been revered by the Ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, and believed to have magical and spiritual healing properties. In Anglo-Saxon times it was used in rituals in the belief it would ward off disease, and in the middle ages was strewn across floors and passageways to freshen the air. Spiritually, it has been used in pagan rituals in the belief it would promote positive energy.