Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla L.)

Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla L.) is one of the most well-known herbs. I often come across it in our daily lives on a simple walk. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action. Its oil and extract are often used as such but also as an ingredient in dermatological products. Finally, it is distinguished as relaxing and in fact, many recommend a cup of drink from chamomile before bedtime.

Chamomile flower is available in various qualities as well as chamomile powder.

 

Description

General Informations

Chamomile (Latin name: Matricaria Chamomilla L.) belongs to the Asteraceae family. Its name comes from «χαμαί» which means down to earth and «μήλον» which means apple. It is widespread throughout Europe and is found in the form of many different species in nature. It is found as an evergreen plant that blooms from June to July. The flowers are collected in the summer when they are fully open and then they are dried. It thrives mainly in temperate climates.

Historical References

The ancient Greeks used chamomile since ancient times for healing purposes. It was also quite popular in Egypt as it was dedicated to the God of the sun. It is well known for its high concentration of flavonoids that have antioxidant properties and vitamins. It is usually used in the form of tea, as it is relaxing and leads to better sleep. Due to its relaxing properties, it can also relieve headaches.

Health Benefits and Uses

It has anti-inflammatory action and its extract is used externally for eye or skin inflammations. In fact, its oil is used for skin irritations locally such as eczema and acne and it accelerates wound healing. Chamomile drink can relieve digestive problems. Helps with period cramps. It lowers blood sugar levels and is recommended for people with diabetes. Finally, due to flavonoids, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Available Forms of Chamomile:

  • Flowers
  • Powder

Chamomile flower is available in various qualities.

Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.