Chamomile

Common name Chamomile

Latin name Matricaria chamomilla

Parts used Whole Plant, Flowers, Oil


System affinities

Chamomile is particularly indicated for the digestive and circulatory system.


Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Chamomile is cooling and a relaxant.


Taste and quality

Chamomile is Bitter and Sweet.


Indications

Chamomile is indicated for a variety of conditions.  It is commonly used to calm the nerves and reduce anxiety.  Also, many of its applications concern the digestive system.  It helps with cases of cramps and stomach ache.  It is also a good immunity booster, helping to increase the white blood cell count in the blood.  As it helps with circulation it helps keep the skin healthy against cases of bites, wounds, and rashes.


 

History and lore

Ancient Egyptians believed chamomile to be a sacred gift of the Sun God (Ra). They used the herb for fevers, heat strokes, and to “cure” malaria. Chamomile was also utilized during the mummifying process of the dead. 


Habitat

German Chamomile does well in poor, clay soil whereas the Roman variety prefers well-drained and moderately fertile soil. Although both varieties thrive in open, sunny locations, Roman chamomile will not tolerate hot, dry weather. German chamomile will also grow in lightly-shaded areas.


Dosing and formulas