German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is one of the most popular medicinal plants in the Western world. Almost everyone knows their pleasant unobtrusive smell. Chamomile flowers are used throughout the world for therapeutic purposes. And that's no coincidence: the healing effect of the chamomile flower has been known for millennia. Whether inflammation-related gastrointestinal discomfort or skin irritation - chamomile flowers are the right choice in treating a variety of symptoms.
The origins and many medicinal uses of chamomile
The German chamomile often grows wild and in close proximity to the ground - nowadays it can often be spotted in the neighborhood of urban herb gardens. Chamomile has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. Historically, it has been used to treat many conditions, including, but not limited to sore throats, chest colds, gum inflammation, insomnia and stomach ulcers.
All extracts, teas or other chamomile preparations start with the white and yellow flower head, which can be dried to produce different serving forms, even a bluish oil that can help reduce swelling and may stop bacterial growths.
Another use is in the form of a simple mouthwash, to help treat complaints like mouth sores and gingivitis.
The medicinal plant is also popular as an ointment for irritated skin.