Chamomile is an annual herb native to Europe. It is easy to grow, grows well in any soil and in full sun. There are many types of chamomile, but the most commonly used in herbal medicine is the German chamomile (M. recutita). This variety can reach 80 centimeters tall, it has pinnate, alternate, segmented and linear leaves. The flowers look like small daisies, the center is yellow and is surrounded by many white petals that are tridentate at the apex (tip). As its name suggests, the whole plant gives off a sweet scent and pleasant like the apple.
chamomile flower is harvested in summer and can be used fresh or dried.
Chamomile has an antidiarrheal effect and carminative (expels gases) on the digestive system. With respect to the skin and mucous membranes, chamomile is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial. For the nervous system is sedating.
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