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Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Common Names: wig plant, may fern

Family: Asteraceae

Parts Used: flower, essential oil. German - medicine. Roman - essential oil.

Constituents: essential oil - German: azuline (rare, blue), coumarin, flavonoids, tannins, bitter principle, calcium, triptofan

Medicinal Actions: bitter, aromatic, sedative, relaxant, nervine, anodyne, antibacterial, anti inflammatory, carminative, febrifuge, diaphoretic, antihistamine, anti cancer

Medicinal Use:

  1. Sleep aid: Chamomile is believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system, which may help to improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia.

  2. Digestive health: Chamomile may have a beneficial effect on digestive health by reducing inflammation in the digestive tract and promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria.

  3. Anxiety and stress relief: Chamomile may help to reduce anxiety and stress by promoting relaxation and reducing cortisol levels in the body.

  4. Skin health: Topical application of chamomile may help to reduce inflammation and irritation in the skin, making it useful for treating conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

  5. Menstrual cramps: Chamomile may help to reduce the severity of menstrual cramps by reducing inflammation and promoting relaxation in the uterus.

Historically, chamomile has been used for a wide range of health conditions, including digestive disorders, insomnia, anxiety, and skin conditions. It was also used in ancient Egypt as an offering to the gods, and the ancient Greeks used it as a remedy for various ailments.

Contraindications: Pregnanacy, certain anti anxiety drugs - because it has tryptophan. Ragweed allergies.