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Biological Name: Anthemis nobilis, Matricaria chamomilla, Matricaria recutitachamomile

Family: Compositae

Other Names: wild camomile, camomile, German camomile, matricaria, whig plant, anthemis, low camomile, ground apple, garden camomile, Roman camomile

Elements Applied: Flowers are commonly used in herbal medicine.

Active Components: Chamomile flowers contain volatile oils, presented by matricin (commonly transferred to chamazulene), alpha-bisabolol oxides A and B, and alpha-bisabolol.

Additionally, the plant contains bioflavonoids quercetin, luteolin, and apigenin.

Due to the above-mentioned content chamomile is referred to as a remedy for inflammations, spasms, muscle tension, especially that characteristic for the digestive system.

History: Chamomile was discovered long ago, and since its medical potency was detected for the first time, we continue using it till now, notably for digestive system disorders.

In Egyptian religious tradition this plant served the sun, and was worshipped for its magical ability to heal ague. All over the world chamomile is drunk as a tea. It is also practiced to control menstruations. The plant is widely applied as an aid for spleen, kidneys, bladder, and thus referred to as a remedy for dropsy, bronchitis, colds, ague, jaundice, and even helminthes. Chamomile tea is applied to treat sore eyes and improve vision, and to soothe various skin conditions and inflammations.

The plant is applied in form of a poultice to soothe tumors and pains. It’s widely known for its capacity to fight nervous disorders, treat gangrene, and stimulate typhoid. If mixed with bittersweet remedies the plant serves as an aid for corns, calluses, sprains, and bruises.

Used for: Chamomile plays a stimulative role for the organism, induces menstruations, soothes spasms, especially of digestive origin, acts as an energizer for the organism, and reduces pains. The plant is applied both topically and orally. In first case it’s applied as a remedy for skin conditions and wounds, and in the second case it is popular for insomnia, anxiety, fevers, and digestive system disorders. Due to its aromatic properties the herb is applied in cosmetics and skin care products. It is also known to make the hair healthier, due to which fact it has become a popular component of herbal shampoos. Chamomile provides relaxation for bowel muscles; it cures the pains associated with arthritis.

Chamomile was a popular eye wash for treating conjunctivitis and other reactions. It had also been found to promote wound healing.

Chamomile’s effect on the digestive tract is close to that produced by papaverine, a medicine with opium content.

Chamomile is potent of soothing the effect stomach ulcers produce and serve as an aid in curing them.

Female reproductive system can benefit from chamomile on a high level, due to the plant’s capacity to sooth uterine spasms, prevent premature childbirth and induce menstruations.

Chamomile has been referred to as an effective sedative medicine for centuries, it produces a sedative effect on the nervous system.

Chamomile is an effective healing remedy for wounds and sores. It is applied as an eye wash to treat eye illnesses, like conjunctivitis, and improve vision.

The plant has been revealed to act positively on inflammations induced by arthritis during animal testing.

Chamomile is a highly potent anti-bacterial remedy. It is known to cure fungal infections, appearing in the vagina, and other microorganisms and viruses, including polio. German herbalists believe it to be the number one remedy for skin sores and wounds, including burns.

The plant is also capable of triggering human immunity by activating white blood cells, which take responsibility for fighting infections (notably, B-lymphocytes and macrophages).

Additional Info: Chamomile is originally found in the western regions of Asia and in Europe. It belongs to daisy family. The widely applied species is German chamomile, which can be found just in any place.

Preparation and Intake: Chamomile is usually drunk in form of tea, which one can use 3-4 times in intervals between food intakes. Additionally, chamomile is sold in tinctures, capsules, and tablets. The commonly applied dose is 3 grams in pills or capsules, and 5 ml in tinctures, between food intakes.

Home remedy: If prepared in home conditions, take half an ounce of flowers and pour a pint of boiling water on them. It should be infused for a period of 5 to 20 minutes; the time depends on the purpose you take the plant with. Chamomile is consumed warm, in a daily quantity of 2 cups on average.

Bathing: 1 pound of flowers is mixed with 5 quarts of cold water, and boiled. The mixture is infused for 10 minutes, then filtered and poured to your bath. It may also be used to clean hair, chamomile makes the hair brighter.

Oil: Chamomile in quantity of 1 ounce is infused on olive oil for a day. Filtered before application.

Safety: There is a minor possibility of allergy to chamomile. If applied internally, the allergy is expressed in bronchial spasms, if locally – in skin inflammations. The cases of chamomile allergy are very rare, but if you’re allergic to Asteraceae herbs, it’s not recommended that you use them, including chamomile. Chamomile is safe to apply in course of pregnancy or breastfeeding.

If taken in large doses, concentrated chamomile can leas to vomiting or nausea. According to FDA reports, chamomile is absolutely safe to consume. Still, it’s recommended that you speak to your health-care provider before applying any herbal medication.