Roman Chamomille

Latin Name

Chamaemelum nobile

Family

Asteraceae

Chemotype

Isobutyl angelate, Isoamyl angelate, Methallyl angelate

Distilled Component

Heads in bloom

Traditionally Known Properties

Analgesic. Antiallergic. Anti-inflammatory. Antiphlogistic. Antipruritic (relieves itching). Antispasmodic. Cicatrizant. Parasiticide. Regulates the nervous system. Sedative. Digestive tonic. Vermifuge.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Anecdote

Roman chamomile comes from northwestern Europe, where it creeps close to the ground and can reach up to one foot in height. Gray-green leaves grow from the stems, and the flowers have yellow centers surrounded by white petals, like miniature daisies. Its leaves are thicker than German chamomile, and it grows closer to the ground. The flowers smell like apples. Traditionally, Roman chamomile has been used to treat nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and gas. It is often used today to relieve anxiety. Used on the skin, it may also reduce inflammation from cuts or hemorrhoids. It is sometimes used to ease the discomfort from eczema and gingivitis (swollen gums).