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Chamomile has been used for women’s complaints, indigestion and colicky children.
An annual herb, the flowers of which contain choline, coumarins (e.g., umbelliferone), cyanogenic glycosides, flavonoids (e.g., rutin), salicylate derivatives, tannins and volatile oils (e.g., bisabolol and chamazulene). Chamomile is administered as a tea, extract, tincture or ointment. German chamomile tea is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, carminative, expectorant and sedative; it has been used to treat acne, anxiety, asthma, bacterial and fungal infections, colicky infants, diarrhoea, flatulence, gout, headaches, indigestion, insomnia, irritable bowel, menstrual cramping, pruritus, rheumatic disease and sciatica. In Russia, Roman chamomile is used for colds, gastric complaints, colitis, as a sedative gargle, and topically for eczema and inflammation.
Most herbalists use German chamomile and Roman chamomile interchangeably.
An essence in the pseudoscience of flower therapy which is believed to balance emotions, calm nerves and brighten moods.
A weed similar to German chamomile, Matricaria chamomilla, in appearance, often used interchangeably by herbalists
Anthemis(an'the-mis) [L. anthemis fr Gr. anthemis, chamomile]
A genus of approx. 100 species of aromatic flowering plants. The entire genus is commonly called chamomile. See: chamomile