A Brief Look at Chamomile

637 WordsFeb 17, 20183 Pages
Chamomile has been used for medicinal purposes since Ancient times, known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as other health benefits. In early cultures, Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, growing popular in the Middle Ages. The people of that time used it as a remedy for asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, skin disease, and even cancer (Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita), 2010). The plant itself is native to countries in Europe and grown today in Germany, Egypt, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, and other parts of Europe into the Middle East (Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita), 2010). There are two main species of chamomile, German and Roman, and each have certain growing cycles. German chamomile is sweeter when used in teas, an annual plant and grows large blossoms up to three feet in height, while the Roman chamomile is bitter tasting, a perennial plant, and has small blossoming flowers (Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita), 2010). Cultivation-wise, chamomile can be grown on most any type of soil. One should avoid growing in rich, damp soil and try to grow in soils with a pH of 9, which are reported to support its growth (Srivastava, Shankar, & Gupta, Chamomile: A Herbal Medicine of the Past with Bright Future). Chamomile is a particularly strong plant and is able to withstand temperatures from 2 to 20 degrees Celsius. The plant is also strong medicinally. The whole plant is useful, but for the greatest medicinal effect, the flower is used. The
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