Monday, October 19, 2009


Chamomile (Matricaria chamomile) is an annual herb belonging to the
Compositae family and is native to Europe. However, now it grows wild across
The world. Its hollow, erect, branching stem grows 20 inches tall. The plant bears
Light green feather-like leaves and daisy-like flowers and smells like pineapple or

Chamomile herb and flowers are said to have several medicinal uses including
Tonic, stomachic, anodyne, antispasmodic, laxative, diaphoretic, analgesic,
Carminative, anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. Chamomile flower tea is

A popular herbal tea and is good for treating insomnia and other such nervous
Conditions. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of the herb it is
Considered good for rheumatism, arthritis, and other painful swellings. It is also
An antispasmodic for intestinal and menstrual cramps, relieving gas pains and
Acts as a very mild but efficient laxative and loosens tight muscles.

The herb is also used extensively in manufacturing lotions, massage oils and
Other beauty products as it can help reduce eczema itching and other skin
Inflammation. Chamomile preparations are mild enough for using on sensitive
Young skin of infants suffering from skin conditions. Chamomile mouthwash can
Be used for soothing mouth sores and gum disease.

Chamomile flower infusion can be applied externally as a wash or compress for
Skin inflammations, sunburn, burns, and added to the bath for relaxing tired, achy
Muscles and feet and softening the skin. The flowers are made into a salve for
Treating hemorrhoids and wounds. The dried flowers are used in potpourri,
Scented candles, incense sticks, linen pouches, herb pillows, and are also used
As insect repellents.

Apart from its extensive use for making a delightful and beneficial herbal tea,
Chamomile flowers are also used in salads.

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