Backyard Medicine: Chamomile (Matricaria chamomila or Matricaria recutita)

“….. Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some chamomile tea and she gave a dose of it to Peter.”

~ from The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (England, 1901)

History

Chamomile is one of the more familiar medicinal herbs, with a high profile in literature and a long history of use. This plant’s popularity is well-deserved.

Chamomile (dried flowers)

Chamomile’s earliest recorded use goes back much further: according to the Eber’s Papyrus, dated to 1550 BC, ancient Egyptians used the herb to honor the gods, embalm the dead and cure the sick. In Europe, medicinal use of Chamomile has been recorded since the 1st century AD.  Today, Chamomile remains a top-selling herb in the tea market place.

Uses

So what is chamomile good for, anyway?

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