- Botanical: Anthemis arvensis
- Family: Asteraceae
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Known asMayweed, Scentless Chamomile, Chamomile, Kamille, Matricaria chamomilla, German chamomile
Parts Usedflowers, leaves
Heart & Circulationblood forming
Hormone & Sexual Organscramps, herpes, menopausal symptom
Infection & Inflammationfever, immunity, toothache
Muscle & Jointsarthritis, rheumatism
Mind & Nervesinsomnia, migraine, nervousness, pain relief, stress relief
Stomach & Intestinalconstipation, cystitis, diarrhea, digestion, flatulence, liver weakness, kidney weakness, stomach cramps, worm
Skin & Hairacne, boils, dermatitis, perspiration (sweating), psoriasis, wounds
Propertiesanalgesic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antidepressant, anti inflammatory, carminative, cholagogue, diuretic, fungicide
The whole plant is covered in short hairs. The leaves are finely divided with narrow, parallel-sided segments, pointed at the tips and have a pleasant, chamomile-like scent. The 'flowers', borne singly on stout stalks, are technically compound flower-heads made up of numerous small florets and resemble a Daisy. The central florets are yellow, while around the edge are the ray-florets, which have a single long white petal pointing outwards.
Among the yellow florets are numerous small chaff-like scales approximately 2.5 mm long and 1 mm wide, tapering to a point. The flowers are larger than those of other mayweeds, and can be up to 4 cm across. In the fully mature flower, the central yellow disk becomes somewhat hemispherical.
Properties & Uses
This species is considered to be one of the best febrifuge species indigenous to France. The flowers and leaves are used
Most of Europe, including Britain, south and east to North Africa and West Asia.
volatile oil, anthemic acid, tannic acid and a glucoside.