LATIN NAME: Matricaria recutita
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Of the three types of chamomile plant, the most popular and thoroughly studied is German chamomile, used medicinally around the world for thousands of years. Modern herbalists have identified elements in the oil of the chamomile flower that appear to calm the central nervous system, relax the digestive tract, and speed the healing process.
Allergies to chamomile are rare. However, anyone allergic to other plants in the daisy family (chrysanthemums, ragweed, and asters, for example) should be alert to possible allergic reactions to chamomile, ranging from contact dermatitis to anaphylaxis (itching, rash, and difficulty breathing).
TARGET AILMENTS: Take internally for:
Stomach cramps, gas, and nervous stomach, indigestion, ulcers, menstrual cramps, insomnia, colic, bladder problems.
Apply externally for:
Swelling and pain in the joints, skin inflammation and sunburn, cuts and scrapes, teething pain, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, sore or inflamed eyes.
Use as a gargle for: Gingivitis and sore throat.
SIDE EFFECTS: None expected.