Matricaria chamomilla, Chamomilla recutita
Also known as Ground Apple, Whig Plant, Sailors Buttons, Pin Heads.
Composition of Chamomile
Dried chamomile flowers have numerous, widespread health implications thanks to their high level of disease-fighting antioxidants like terpenoids and flavonoids.
Other major constituents of the flowers include several phenolic compounds, primarily the flavonoids, including apigenin, quercetin, patuletin as well as various glucosides.
Chamomile is considered to be one of the most ancient and versatile medicinal herbs known to mankind.
Health Benefits of Chamomile
Chamomile has powerful anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Its top health benefits include its ability to protect the skin, lower stress levels, regulate sleep and soothe menstrual cramps.
It also boosts the immune system, treats gastrointestinal issues and reduces belly bloating.
Chamomile promotes tranquility, vitality, a youthful appearance and longevity.
As an added bonus, nothing will keep a garden so healthy as plenty of Camomile. It will even revive drooping and sickly plants if placed near them.
History of Chamomile
Chamomile has been used for nearly 5,000 years.
Although called Roman chamomile, it was not cultivated there until the 16th century and probably arrived via Britain and used as a medicinal plant ever since.
The Egyptians dedicated the herb to the sun and worshiped it above all other herbs for its healing properties. Hieroglyphic records also show that chamomile was used cosmetically for at least 2,000 years. Egyptian noblewomen used preparations of crushed petals on their skin.
Greek physicians prescribed it for fevers and female disorders.
Chamomile is one of the “Nine Sacred Herbs” of the “Lacnunga”, an ancient Anglo-Saxon manuscript.