Botanical Name: Matricaria chamomilla
- English: German chamomile
- Also, Known As: Wild Chamomile, Garden Chamomile, Ground Apple, Pinheads, Baabunaa, Babuna Camornile, Babuna, Babunj, English chamomile, Scented mayweed, Camomilla, Flos Chamomile, Single Chamomile, and Sweet False Chamomile.
Habitat: Europe and Asia
Part used: Whole Flower
Matricaria chamomilla is a well-known medicinal plant species from the Asteraceae family often referred to as the “star among medicinal species.” Nowadays it is a highly favored and much used medicinal plant in folk and traditional medicine.
There are two different types of chamomile: German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). While there are some similarities between the two, there are also significant differences. This information provided here is for German Chamomile. It is native to southern and eastern Europe but has spread all over the world either in the garden or growing as a weed in disturbed soils.
Chamomile is a member of the Asteraceae plant family and has an appearance like daisies. Chamomile is an annual plant with thin spindle-shaped roots only penetrating flatly into the soil. The plant grows to a height of about 3-4 feet and has small daisy like yellow flower heads with white petals. The long and narrow leaves are bi to tri pinnate. The flower heads are placed separately, they have a diameter of 10–30 mm, and they are pedunculated and heterogamous.
Humans have been interacting with chamomile for tens of thousands of years.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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