The Herb Chamomile
True chamomile has cheerful white flowers with yellow hearts.
Chamomile tea is a well-known calming tea.
What properties does chamomile have exactly? Below you will find more information about the herb.
Characteristics of Chamomile
- Family: Compositae
- Species: Matricaria recutita
- Biotope: Permeable soil, sun; Europe, West Asia to India
- Height: up to 60 cm
Finely feathered, odourless leaves, honey-scented flowers with conical, yellow centres, and white petals.
Name in Different Languages
- English: Chamomile
- German: Kamillen
- French: (fleur de) Chamomille
Use and Application of Chamomile
Mostly tea is made from the (dried) flowers of the chamomile.
Special and Healthy Properties of Chamomile
Chamomile tea has a nerve-relieving, calming effect, and it relieves indigestion, nausea, and insomnia.
The flowers contain many minerals and vitamin A.
Extract of camomile soothes:
- Nervous tension
- Digestive problems (Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite)
- Inflamed intestines (Intestinal gas)
They also work as a poultice on wounds and eczema.
Cosmetically, chamomile is used in various ways. For example, tea bags and flower creams reduce inflammation and puffiness under the eyes.
To blond and care for hair, you can make a flower decoction. Chamomile in the bath softens and bleaches skin damaged by sun or wind.
The essential oil of chamomile is effective in several ways.
Although the oil of Roman chamomile and chamomile have ingredients in common, the proportions differ.
You can read more about the effect of the essential oil of both Roman chamomile and chamomile.