Chamomile


FUN FACTS

BNMatricaria chamomilla. AKA  Baboonig, Babuna, Babuna camornile, Babunj, German chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, Roman chamomile, English chamomile, Camomilla, Flos chamomile, Single chamomile, sweet false chamomile, pinheads, and scented mayweed¹, 洋甘菊, 黄春菊(Huáng chūnjú). Chamomile tea can lighten hair.  It is the national flower of Russia.  There's a chamomile lawn at Buckingham Palace. It's a mild tranquilizer.

CONSTITUENTS/ NUTRITION

flavonoids, mucilage, phenyl carboxylic acids, amino acids, and choline, essential oil, coumarins, methoxylated flavone aglyca, phytosterols.  Essential Oils contains chamazulene, cis-β-farnesene, eucalyptol, coumarin, galaxolide, and camphor.³

USES/BENEFITS

(Disclaimer) Alleviates insomnia, anxiety, sore throat, cough, cold, flu, fever, menstrual cramps, inflammation, stress, and skin rashes.  Lowers blood sugar.  Helps with nausea and indigestion.  Anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, carminative, sedative, emmenagogue, laxative, antispasmodic, anodyne, and diaphoretic.

CAUTION

Chamomile may interact with anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and sedative drugs (ie benzodiazepine and cytochrome P-450)³.  Consult your physician before ingesting highly concentrated tea.  It stimulates menstruation, therefore women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant should consult their doctors before using this herb.

TYPES (2 main ones)

German chamomile(Matricaria chamomilia) is an annual that is propagated by seed.  The stems are hairless.

german chamo
  •  Improve digestion, remove toxins and infections.
  • Good for enriching dry skin. eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Stimulates menstrual cycle and moderates menopausal issues
  • Anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, carminative, sedative, emmenagogue, laxative, antispasmodic, anodyne, and diaphoretic.

Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) is a low growing, carpeting perennial plant often used as a ground cover.  It’s propagated division of the plants.  Its has hairy stems and large flowers.

Roman-Chamomile
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Promotes deeper sleep
  • Reduces muscle pain, arthritis, headaches and migraines.
  • Moderates irritation and mood swings. .
  • Anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, carminative, sedative, emmenagogue, laxative, antispasmodic, anodyne, and diaphoretic.

PRODUCTS 

Below are product samples.  You can find most of them at Walmart.com or Amazon.  Search the web for the product name and you should find multiple options.  Both the leaves and flowers are edible and can be used in salads.

GROWING

 You can grow chamomile from a tea bag!

 

EDITOR EXPERIENCE

Do not drink chamomile tea if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.  When I read the many articles on how chamomile is an emmenagogue, which means it can induce menstrual activity, I recommended to a friend to stop drinking it immediately.  There should be warnings on tea labels detailing these types of side effects.

I regret that I didn't know this when we were struggling with conceiving a child.  I'm a big tea drinker and chamomile was one of my favorite teas before bed.

References

  1. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
  2. softschools.com
  3. sciencedirect.com

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