Chamomile Corn

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  • Botanical: Anthemis arvensis
  • Family: Asteraceae
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Chamomile Corn

Botanical

Anthemis arvensis

Family

Asteraceae

Known as

Mayweed, Scentless Chamomile, Chamomile, Kamille, Matricaria chamomilla, German chamomile

Parts Used

flowers, leaves

Heart & Circulation

blood forming

Hormone & Sexual Organs

cramps, herpes, menopausal symptom

Infection & Inflammation

fever, immunity, toothache

Muscle & Joints

arthritis, rheumatism

Mind & Nerves

insomnia, migraine, nervousness, pain relief, stress relief

Respiratory System

asthma

Stomach & Intestinal

constipation, cystitis, diarrhea, digestion, flatulence, liver weakness, kidney weakness, stomach cramps, worm

Skin & Hair

acne, boils, dermatitis, perspiration (sweating), psoriasis, wounds

Properties

analgesic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antidepressant, anti inflammatory, carminative, cholagogue, diuretic, fungicide

Note

middle

Extraction

steam distillation

Description

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

Cautions

     None known

Distribution

Most of Europe, including Britain, south and east to North Africa and West Asia.

Constituents

volatile oil, anthemic acid, tannic acid and a glucoside.