Matricaria recutita or German chamomile, also spelled camomile, A wonderful treat any time of day, night or anytime of the year.
German Chamomile is used medicinally against sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a gentle sleep aid. It can also aid in the assistance of defecation. It can be taken as an herbal tea, two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of tea. For a sore stomach, some recommend taking a cup every morning without food for two to three months. It is also used as a mouthwash against oral mucositis.
Chamomile is not exactly one plant but a wide range of plants that resemble miniature daisies among which two are most common, i.e. the Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and the German chamomile (Marticaria recutita).
This is one of the most often quoted herbs for their health benefits and traditional remedy powers. It has been recorded in the traditional medicine recipes of Rome, Egypt and Greece. Many call it as the “Ginseng of Europe”.
Chamomile is effective in a myriad of health conditions because it is a rich rsource of flavonoids (quercimertrinand rutin), volatile oils (bisabolol, farnesene, and chamazulene), salicylate derivates, cyanogenic glycosides couarins, plant acids and fatty acids.
It boasts of vulnerary, stomachic, splenic, sedative, nervine, hepatic, febrifuge, emmenagogue, diuretic, digestive, diaphoretic, depurative, cicatrisant, cholagoue, carminative, anti-viral, antispasmodic, anti-rheumatic, anti-depressant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
The list of the Chamomile herb’s medicinal applications is very long. It includes among others women’s health (regulates menstrual cycle, alleviates PMS, and helps treating yeast infections and vaginitis), emotional health (calms the nerves and counters stress and anxiety) and digestive health (irritable bowel syndrome and gastro-intestinal spasm).
Chamomile is also beneficial in the treatment of ADD (attention deficit disorder) and for countering insomnia due to stress in both children and adults.