Chamomile Incognito: The Quietly Known Medicinal Properties of Chamomile

Most of us are familiar with Chamomile as a calming herbal tea, but few people are aware of its full range of benefits supported by scientific research. It has shown significant effectiveness in treating numerous diseases and ailments. (Click on each term to read a corresponding scientific study)

Conditions with Scientific Support for Treatment with Chamomile

Chamomile flower in tea
Chamomile flower in tea
  1. Anxiety/PTSD
  2. Depression
  3. Muscle spasms
  4. Nausea/vomiting/motion sickness
  5. Insomnia
  6. Diabetes/lowering blood sugar
  7. Inflammation
  8. PMS and menstrual cramps
  9. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  10. Skin infections/irritations/eczema
  11. Osteoporosis
  12. Flatulence

So, if you’re ever seasick, farting and depressed all at the same time, chamomile is for you!

Chamomile flowers
Chamomile flowers

By the way, it also has:

  1. Immune-boosting properties
  2. Antimicrobial properties
  3. Antifungal properties
  4. Flavonoids (supported for anti-aging)
  5. Antioxidants

Forms of Chamomile

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Essential Oil

Chamomile is, of course, available as a tea, but can also be found in creams/cosmetics and hair products, powders, capsules, tinctures, essential oils, and can be vaporized and inhaled. It is often used in aromatherapy

“Farmacology”

Chamomile has a long history of utility and recognition. It has been used in herbal remedies for thousands of years – known in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It is represented by two common varieties, German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The dried flowers of chamomile contain terpenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols which contribute to its various medicinal properties. 

German chamomile is native to Europe and Asia and is cultivated for commercial use in Hungary, Egypt, France, and Eastern Europe. One of its terpenes, chamazulene, has anti-inflammatory properties.  Roman chamomile is native to Western Europe and North Africa. It is mostly grown commercially in Argentina, England, France, Belgium, and the United States. 

Herbal or cosmetic chamomile products can contain either variety. Both plants have several similarities and are often confused (a common issue in commercial plants). Both herbs contain the essential oil chamazulene, although German chamomile contains higher concentrations of it (see table below for the compounds identified in German chamomile). 

German Chamomile Compounds Table
German Chamomile Compounds (Costescu, C.I., et. al (2008) 

Words of caution

Chamomile is generally safe for consumption, but it is not recommended for use by pregnant women as some studies showed unwanted side effects. Additionally, some people are allergic to chamomile and should be cautious if using it for the first time. 

Key takeaways

In most cases, chamomile is a safe way to help you relax as well as support your overall health through its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and immune-boosting properties. It eases physical and mental symptoms to help you live comfortably. It also just smells nice, so there’s that too.

Baby Yoda takes a drink

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