German chamomile is an herb. People use the flower head of the plant to make medicine. The medicinal use of chamomile dates back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. Chamomile has been used to treat a variety of conditions.
Ten Facts about German chamomile
German chamomile is used for intestinal gas, travel sickness, stuffy nose, hay fever, nervous diarrhea, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fibromyalgia, restlessness, and trouble sleeping. It is also used for digestive system disorders, stomach ulcers, colic, and menstrual cramps.
Fact 2: It is also used on the skin for treating or preventing damage to the inside of the mouth caused by chemotherapy or radiation.
Fact 3: A form of German chamomile that can be inhaled is used to treat inflammation (swelling) and irritation of the respiratory tract.
Fact 4: The latin name is Matricaria recutita it is an annual plant of the composite family Asteraceae.
Fact 5: other names (Synonyms) are: Chamomilla chamomilla, Chamomilla recutita (correct name according to the Flora Europaea), Matricaria chamomilla, and Matricaria suaveolens.
Fact 6: German chamomile grows near populated areas all over Europe and temperate Asia. It is widely introduced in temperate North America and Australia.
Fact 7: As the seeds need open soil to survive, it often grows near roads, around landfills and in cultivated fields as a weed.
Fact 8: It can be taken as a herbal tea, two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of tea, which should be steeped for ten to fifteen minutes while covered to avoid evaporation of the volatile oils. For a sore stomach, some recommend taking a cup every morning without food for two to three months.
Fact 9: German chamomile is also used as a mouthwash against oral mucositis.
Fact 10: There are two plants known as chamomile: the more popular German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman, or English, chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile ). Although they belong to different species, they are used to treat similar conditions including:
* Chest colds
* Sore throats
* Gum inflammation (gingivitis)
* Minor first-degree burns
* Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
* Stomach ulcers
* Children’s conditions such as chickenpox, diaper rash, and colic