The Dirty Gardener Roman Chamomile Flowers
Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the Western world. There are two plants known as chamomile: the more popular German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman, or English, chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Although they belong to different species, they are used to treat the same health problems. Both are used to calm frayed nerves, to treat various stomach problems, to relieve muscle spasms, and to treat skin conditions and mild infections. Chamomile can also be found in a variety of face creams, drinks, hair dyes, shampoos, and perfumes. Most research on chamomile has been done with German chamomile. It has similar active ingredients, but they are not exactly the same. Traditionally, Roman chamomile has been used to treat nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and gas. It is often used today to relieve anxiety. Used topically, this herb may also reduce inflammation from cuts or hemorrhoids. It is sometimes used to ease the discomfort from eczema and gingivitis (swollen gums). Although chamomile is popular, there aren't many studies that look at whether it works to treat these health problems. Test tube studies have shown that chamomile can kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses. It also helps relax muscle contractions, particularly in the smooth muscles that make up the intestines.
- This hardy ground cover provides a sweet fragrance whenever stepped on
- Used from ancient times for it's medicinal properties
- It's small, yellow daisy-like attract butterflies and bees
- Easy to grow and self-seeding to return year after year