German chamomile

Matricaria recutita 

German chamomile

Also called wild chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, blue chamomile, water of youth or scented mayweed. Not to be confused with Roman chamomile or feverfew.

The story…

German chamomile is native to and largely present in Europe, temperate regions of Asia (Middle East, Central Asia, some parts of China) and North Africa (Algeria, Morocco). It is also naturalized in Australia, the North of India and the Americas. In France, it can be found in all the regions, often on roadsides, and in empty or cultivated lots.

Uses

Tranquilizing

German chamomile has an appeasing effect on the nerves at the end of a difficult day, or for people having an anxious or explosive temper, as well as after an emotional shock. Drink as an infusion, for example to relax before going to bed.

Digestion

The infusion helps to ease digestive cramps and diminishes bloating.

Anti-inflammatory

It helps to heal inflammations of the mouth and the gums (mouthwash) or the throat (gargle or infusion). As an infusion, it is also useful for stomach and duodenum ulcers; ulcerations of the esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux. Externally, it can be used for skin inflammations (acne, rosacea, sun burns…). Apply infusion or oily macerate with a compress.

Preparation

Infusion: use fresh or recently dried plants rather than tea bags. Use approximately 1 tablespoon per cup, infuse 10min and filter. Drink between 2 and 6 cups a day; for digestion, drink a small cup of a more concentrated infusion 30 to 60 minutes after the end of the meal.

Precautions

Contraindicated for people allergic to the Asteraceae group or taking certain anti-coagulants. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor. 

German chamomile

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