Family Name: Compositae
Botanical Name(s): Anthemis Nobilis
Popular Name(s): Manzanilla, Maythen
Parts Used: Flowers and Herb.
Habitat: Chamomile is spread over Europe, North Africa and the
temperate regions of Asia.
Description: Chamomile is a low-growing plant, creeping or
trailing, its tufts of leaves and flowers a foot high. The root is
perennial, jointed and fibrous, the stems, hairy and freely branching
are covered with leaves, which are divided into thread-like segments,
the fineness of which gives the whole plant a feathery appearance.
Uses: It is a welcome tea for nerves and menstrual cramps.
Chamomile helps promote a natural hormone, like thyroxin, which helps
rejuvenate the texture of the hair and skin, and also helps in youthful
mental alertness. It is a soothing sedative with no harmful effects. It
is useful for small babies and children for colds, stomach trouble,
colitis, a gargle and externally for eczema and inflammation.