Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Non-Native

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Parts used: aerial portions

Medicinal uses: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic. Topically treats inflammations of skin and mucosa, and other skin disorders. Internally treats flatulent nervous dyspepsia, gastritis, diarrhea, travel sickness, and mild anxiety. Volatile oil is inhaled to treat nasal catarrh, inflammation, and irritation of the respiratory tract (Chevallier 80).

Additional uses: With its distinctive apple-like fragrance, chamomile can be used as an aromatic addition to potpourris and dried flower arrangements. As a companion plant, chamomile is believed to contribute to the overall health of a garden. Cucumbers and onions are said to benefit especially as well as most herbs (Kowalchik 81-2).

Cautions: The fresh plant can cause dermatitis. Do not take the essential oil internally unless under professional supervision. Do not use the essential oil externally during pregnancy (Chevallier 80).

Chamomile Matricaria recutita

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