There are 3 different types of chamomile, German,
Roman and chamomile mixta. They are members of the Asteraceae family
all share similar properties.
Roman chamomile (Chamamelum Nobile or Anthemis Nobilis)
has fine feathery leaves and has daisy like flowers which are white
with bright yellow centres. It is a perennial plant, grows from
9 to 12 inches.
Native to Southern and Northern Europe. It is cultivated in Belgium,
Bulgaria, England, France, Hungary and Italy. Renders a yellow oil
with a sweet, warm herbaceous scent from steam distillation.
German chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla or Matricaria
Recutita) is similar to Roman chamomile, except taller. It is an
annual plant, grows to 2 feet tall. The flowers have smaller heads
and fewer petals. It was once native to Europe, and parts of Asia.
Today it grows in Eastern Europe, Egypt, North America and in some
areas of former Soviet Union.
It has been called Blue Chamomile. Its colour comes from a high
content of azulene, a chemical component which is produced from
the distillation process. It also has a strong anti-inflammatory
action. The scent is stronger than Roman Chamomile. It has a sweet,
slight fruity, slight spicy scent. It has almost an exciting scent.
Chamomile Mixta or Moroccan Chamomile (Anthemis
Mixta) is a distant relative to the others. It does not appear as
the others in similarity. It has hairy leaves and tubular yellow
flowers. It is native to Northwestern Africa, Southern Spain, Egypt,
Israel and Morocco. It has a spicy, fresh scent, with a balsamic
It helps reduce dryness, itching, redness and sensitivity
to irritated, inflamed skin. Good for soothing dry or sensitive
skin. Regular treatments can aid in reducing redness of fragile
or broken capillaries. It helps condition hair and scalp, adds shine
and lustre to hair.
Chamomile has a sedative action, milder than harsh
or potentially habit forming prescription tranquilizers. It is calming
and relaxing, can help in the aid of depression, insomnia and stress.
It takes away some of the emotional charge of anxiety, irritability
and nervousness. It can rid anger, help stabilize emotions and help
release emotions linked to the past. If applied over the throat,
it can help a person to express their true feelings.
May help the following,
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
WARNING: May cause skin irritations. Do not use
provided here is for information purposes only, you should consult
a medical doctor if you have any health queries or problems.
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