Also called whig plant, garden chamomile and manzanilla.
Roman chamomile is a daisy like plant native to morocco.
Applicable parts used
Flowerhead primarily, but leaves also used.
Comfort and patience
Organs & systems affected
Helps one to maintain comfort during a worrisome situation
Mechanism of action
Anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, nervine, antioxidant
Subtly floral and bitterly sweet, mostly cooling, but may exert warming properties
Coumarin scopoletin-7-glucoside, varied flavonoids, their glycosides (including rutin and volatile oils), sesquiterpinoids, polyphenols and apigenin
Orally, roman chamomile has been used for indigestion, nausea and vomiting, morning sickness, crampy periods, premenstrual syndrome, flatulence, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, arthritis and constipation
Topically, it has been used for inflammation, wounds, burns, eczema,diaper rash, and hemorrhoids.
In aromatherapy, roman chamomile is used in steam baths for sinus inflammation, pharyngeal swelling, and ear inflammation.
Precaution & adverse reactions
Generally tolerate well. Those with allergies to ragweed may experience sensitivity to chamomile due to cross reactions. Allergic skin reactions can occur in up to 20% of individuals
Pregnancy and lactation
Roman chamomile is thought to have abortive characteristics, but there is insufficient reliable information regarding use during pregnancy.
Herbal infusion: 2-3 tsp of dry herbs in 8 ounces of water at bed time and as desired.
Our favorite pairings
Lavender, lemon balm, skull cap, passion flower, feverfew, valerian, sage
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Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.