An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.

 

 

Chamomile, English - Chamaemelum nobile (Anthemis nobilis) (Ormenis nobilis) - Family: Asteraceae (Compositae) (Sunflower Family) (Composite Family).

This is an aromatic evergreen perennial plant that grows to about one foot high. It has delicate foliage and in the summer it has daisy-like flowers with yellow centers and white petals. It has been cultivated and used since the time of the ancient Romans. Its dried flower heads have been traditionally used in Europe as a remedy for arthritis, fever, flu, gall bladder problems, heartburn, indigestion, insomnia and nervousness. Modern American folk use of leaves as a remedy for stress. In Europe, its leaves have been used in a poultice as a remedy for burns, swellings and wounds. Traditionally used as one of the Ayurvedic medicinal herbs. Note: Chamomile tea may be toxic to anyone allergic to Ragweed pollen. Note: excessive doses ingested may cause vomiting. Note: contact with foliage may produce an allergic reaction. Listed in the United States Pharmacopoeias from 1840 to 1900. Traditional European folk use as a strewing herb. Native to Europe. Naturalized in North America. Cultivated as an ornamental in North America. At least two cultivars exist.

 

 

 

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