Chamomile is an herb also known as Camomille, Blue chamomile, Camomèle, Echte Kamille, Feldkamille, Fleur de Camomile, Kamillen, Kleine Kamille, Manzanilla, Matricaire, Matricaria chamomilla, Petite Camomille, Pin Heads, Sweet False Chamomile, and other names.Chamomile is a common flavoring agent in foods and beverages, and other products such as mouthwash, soaps, and cosmetics. When used as a food product, chamomile is not likely to produce health benefits or side effects. When used as a medicinal product, chamomile may produce both desired and unwanted effects on the body.
Health Benefits of Chamomile:
If you’ve struggled with sleepless nights or a bout of insomnia, there’s a good chance you’ve reached for a cup of chamomile tea to help you snooze more soundly. Some people also turn to chamomile in supplement or tea form to help relieve anxiety and gastrointestinal conditions, such as upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea. It’s also applied to the skin in oils, ointments, or creams for skin conditions; and is used as an oral rinse for mouth sores. For the most part, these effects have not been studied enough in humans to prove their effects, though, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Chamomile has been used as a folk remedy and soothing herbal infusion for hundreds of years. Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians all revered chamomile for its medicinal properties, and today chamomile is still used around the world for its soothing, nourishing effects. The English word “chamomile” is derived from the Greek word khamaimēlon, meaning “earth apple,” which refers to chamomile’s characteristic apple-like sweetness.