Chamomile

Scientific Name: 
Matricaria recutita
Family Name: 
Asteraceae
Place of Origin: 
Europe
Plant Description: 
Also known as German Chamomile, the stem is branched and leaves are long and narrow. The aromatic flowers are white and blossom in early to mid summer.
Plant Height: 
15-60cms
Plant Width: 
Spreading
Plant Use: 
Beverage
Medicinal
Dye
Harvest Period: 
Any time
Of Interest: 
Though small in stature, Chamomile is one of the biggest players in the medicine cupboard. This healing wonder proves that gentle does not mean less effective. The dainty, daisy like flowers contains azulene, a volatile oil which is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-fever agents. Used in a tea, or capsule form, Chamomile can be used internally to ease everything from menstrual cramps, flatulence, and diarrhea, to fever, insomnia, and nervousness. For babies, it is helpful with symptoms of colic and teething pain. Externally, Chamomile flowers can be ground into a paste to treat skin irritations such as ulcers, infections, rashes, and burns. The flowers can also be used in a bath to ease the pain of hemorrhoids and cystitis, Lastly, Chamomile flowers can be used in a steam inhaler for respiratory and allergic problems such as asthma, hay fever, and sinusitis.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Ground cover
Spreading
Climate: 
Temperate
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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