Scientific Name - Matricaria chamomilla
Properties - Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-infective, carminative, calmative, diaphoretic, anodyne, tonic -- to relieve colds, headaches, nervousness
Common Uses - The tea is said to have a calming effect. Since the tea does not have very much of the oil in it, it may not be as effective as an extract. The extract is recommended by herbalists for relieving menstrual cramps, and for treating inflamed skin or mucous membranes.
Parts Used - Volatile oil (flowers)
Locating & Handling - Chamomile tea is commonly sold in grocery or health food stores. There are two different plants known by this name, German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. Properties are similar, but German is the most commonly used and easily available. It is easy to grow. Small plants may be obtained at most nurseries.
Caution - Anyone sensitive to ragweed may experience allergic reactions to chamomile.
Origin - Native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. (both kinds)