Roman chamomile, a member of the daisy family, is native to Europe and western Asia. While very popular, roman chamomile is not as popular as German chamomile which is the most commonly used of the chamomile species. The dried and fresh flowers of roman chamomile are used medicinally.
Chamomile is an annual bush that grows up to two feet tall. It has feathery leaves and white daisy-like flowers. Farmers and gardeners know it as a nuisance weed because of its rapid growth. Commonly used for relaxation and sleep in the United States, Chamomile is popular as an evening tea. It is also used for nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, gas, and motion sickness.
Its relaxing properties make it useful for relieving nervous tension and depression. Orally used as a mouthwash, chamomile may reduce the effects of gingivitis (swollen gums). As a tea, applied topically, chamomile can provide relief for eczema, cuts, and hemorrhoids.Dosage and Administration
- As a tea soak 4 tsp of dried flowers in 6oz of hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the flowers. Drink one cup up to 4 times a day.
- As an extract take 1 -4 ml three times a day.
- Topically use the tea and apply as needed. Creams and ointments are available in Europe and South America.