Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
country of origin: Eastern Europe
Usage and Proterties
Chamomile is sometimes mixed with other herbs and taken by mouth for liver and gallbladder disease, gallstones, fatty liver, chronic heartburn, loss of appetite, digestive disturbances, a heart condition called Roemheld’s syndrome, indigestion in infants, and certain types of constipation. It is used as a “blood purifier” and general female tonic; and to prevent menstrual cramps and irregular periods.
Some people put chamomile in a steam bath and inhale it for sinus inflammation, hay fever, sore throat, and ear inflammation, and as a painkiller. In foods and beverages, the essential oil and extract are used as flavor components. In manufacturing, the volatile oil of chamomile is used as a fragrance in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes; and to flavor cigarette tobacco. The extract is also used in cosmetics and soaps. Teas have been used as a hair tint and conditioner, and to treat parasitic worm infections.
Chamomile also has antibacterial properties. Chamomile is a mild but effective herb for women that helps support the reproductive system and alleviate premenstrual pain. It is a very calming herb that eases stress and anxiety. Chamomile is a great digestive tonic that soothes the digestive tract. Chamomile teas and essential oils can also be used to soothe minor burns, cuts, and scrapes. All in all, this a great herb to have around the house.