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Medicinal uses: sedative, anxiety, insomnia, stress, tension, immune support, diuretic, bladder, anemia, appendicitis, colic, measles, shampoo, spleen, liver, anti-bacterial, upset stomach, emotional outburst, anticancer, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-diarrhea, effects GABA system.


        The Native Americans used the raw flowers of chamomile in a tea for jaundice, dropsy, and to promote menstrual flow. When dried and steeped, they were use for their benefits on the liver, spleen pain, as a deodorant, athlete's foot, and as a shampoo. The leaf was dried and boiled for colic, infant convulsions, measles, diuretic, gall bladder, afflictions, anemia, appendicitis. [3 p. 124]


Chamomile produces an oil which contains azulene and turns blue when distilled. Azulene is a pharmacological phytochemical produced by the plant. These oils act to relax smooth muscles in the digestive tract and help heal ulcers. This oil also kills certain bacteria and speeds up the healing process when dealing with burns. According to research done in Brittain, it stimulates the immune system. [2 p 268] The medicinal properties of chamomile can help promote a healthy scalp, reduce stress, upset stomach, and help teething babies. [2 p. 312]


The pharmacology of Chamomile is very complex. It contains many more alkaloids besides azulene, including: apigenin, alpha-bisabolol, coumarins, herniarin, umbelliferone, phenylpopanoids, apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, rutin, apigenin and more.[1] This makes it a gold mine of pharmacological activity. Each individual alkaloids holds its on medicinal qualities. This is how its capable of having so many medicinal applications.


I believe that Chamomile is one of the most effective and underrated herbs on the planet. It produces these oils that have an incredible smell and hellaciously fierce potency. The oils can be captured using steam distillation, or a sun tea. Water and oil don't mix, so if you add the fresh flowers to some clean fluoride free water and place them in a window seal for an extended period of time, they will float to the top. It helps to mash them up really good and shake the mixture from time to time. You can filter them out in the end so that you can separate them from the water and oils.


Interestingly enough, Chamomile also seems to sedate intense emotional states. Many claim it useful for treating migraine headaches. This makes sense seeing as how it's often suggested for insomnia, and anxiety.[1] If you want to make it into a tea I suggest adding a drop of water to the water so that it doesn't boil over. Also, you should keep a lid on top of it so that the oils and other volatile alkaloids do not evaporate. This way you preserve the potency of the mixture. Chamomile can also be made into a tincture by soaking the flowers in everclear for about a month. This will extract the oils and other important constituents.


Across the planet wild plants like Chamomile are foolishly being cut down. Tax payer money is being spent on destroying the unknown and known plant life. People are neglecting to reap the natural benefits of wild food, while buring gasoline in the process to destroy potential cures(wild-plant-life). What if we planted these remedies down the sides of the highways followed by organic fertilizer? What if we fed wild blackberry vines with organize fertilizer and used tax dollars to pay for a community blackberry fund? "What if", type questions are the ones I believe we all need to start asking. These questions can lead us to many new and great possibilites.

Scientific Name: Matricaria chamomila



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