Also called wild chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, blue chamomile, water of youth or scented mayweed. Not to be confused with Roman chamomile or feverfew.
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.
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.
The infusion helps to ease digestive cramps and diminishes bloating.
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.
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.
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.