AN ANCIENT CULTIVATED PLANT

Camelina sativa

Camelina (Camelina sativa) is an annual plant that grows to about 50 cm high. Today, it has all but disappeared from Swedish territories. But we know that it existed here as a cultivated plant, meaning it was grown (the species name sativa means cultivated) and used by humans, as early as the Bronze Age.

groving camelina in ancient times

We also know that camelina spread across Southern and central Scandinavia and Southern Finland1, and that Bronze Age people used it as a medicine to treat everything from wounds and burns, to eye infections and gastritis2.

Read the analyses and studies on Camelina Sativa that we reference here >>