German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomila)

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German Chamomile Overview:

German Chamomile is one of the most commonly used medicinal herb species. this is due to the fact that it has a pleasant flavour and scent, as well as a broad range of medicinal benefits.

This herb can be made into a tea for promoting sleep at night, relieve symptoms of anxiety, and sooth digestive complaints. Additionally, chamomile is used topically in the form of an essential oil, strong infusion, or mixed into salves and creams to treat conditions involving the skin such as burns or wounds.

+ Indications

  • Amenorrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Bacterial skin infection
  • Bloating
  • Boils
  • Burns
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Earache
  • Eczema
  • GI spasms
  • IBS
  • Infantile colic
  • Insomnia (Sleep onset)
  • Neuralgic pain
  • Peripheral venous Disease
  • Restlessness
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teething
  • Travel sickness
  • Wounds

+ Contraindications

Avoid if known allergies to the asteraceae family of plants.

Herbal Actions:

  • Antinflammatory
  • Anti-diarrhea
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiallergic
  • Antiphlogistic
  • Antibacterial
  • Carminative
  • Diaphoretic
  • Mild Astrigent
  • Mild Bitter
  • Stomachic
  • Vulnerary
  • Cholagogue
  • Choleretic
 

Main Uses:

German chamomile is a very well-rounded herb, which is likely the reason it's become so popular all over the world. Unlike many herbs, German chamomile makes a nice cup of tea that can be used as a mild antibacterial for colds and flus, a sedative for insomnia, and as a muscle relaxant.

German chamomile is also useful in topical applications for skin conditions and damage. Common indications include burns, eczema, wounds, boils, and bacterial infections and impetigo.

 

Daily Dosage

Liquid Extract

Ratio: 1:2

2.5-6 mL

Weekly Dosage

Liquid Extract

Ratio: 1:2

20-40 mL

 

Part Used

Flowers, essential oil

Family Name

Asteraceae

Distribution

Central & Northern Europe

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Constituents of Interest

  • Alpha-Bisabolol
  • Chamazulene
  • Sesquiterpene lactones
  • Flavonoids

Common Names

  • German Chamomile
  • Blue Chamomile
  • Hungarian Chamomile
  • Kamilla
  • Scented Mayweed
 

Botanical Info:

Chamomile is a member of the Asteraceae family of plants. This family is very large, consisting of roughly 33,000 species distributed into 1911 genera.

German Chamomile shouldn't be confused with Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Although contained in the same family, and look very similar, the chemical compositions of these plants is very different.

 

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Clinical Applications Of Chamomile:

Chamomile is reliable as a topical antinflammatory, antiseptic, and antinflammatory for a range of conditions. Internally German Chamomile is useful for conditions involving the central nervous system like insomnia, anxiety, and stress.

 

Cautions:

Caution advised if known allergy to other members of the Asteraceae family.

 

Recommended Products Containing German Chamomile:

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German Chamomile Capsules

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100 Capsules made from Matricaria chamomila

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german Chamomile Essential Oil (5mL)

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Dried german Chamomile Flowers

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References:

For a list of references, visit the full German Chamomile Monograph.