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Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

December 25, 2019

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Chamomile is probably one of the most well known healing herbs used in traditional medicine. The word Matricaria derives from the Latin word womb and chamomile was originally used to treat gynaecological issues. The two types of chamomile used are Roman camomile and German or wild chamomile.

Chamomile is an annual plant and can grow up to around 80cm tall. It has bright green hairy leaves with a mix of small white and yellow flowers. Chamomile originally grew in South Eastern Europe and today is found all over the world where it is often referred to as 'the plant doctor.'

The main active constituents found in chamomile have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties are;

  • chamazulene
  • bisabold
  • salicylates
  • tannins
  • coumarins
  • valerianic acid
  • flavonoids
  • calcium
  • sulphur
  • cyanogenic glycosides

Chamomile can be taken as a tea, tincture, oil or wine and is especially soothing for teething babies. Taken internally chamomile can help treat; stomach aches, wind, stomach cramps and ulcers. When applied topically it is also good for wound healing and inflammation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/




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