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Chamomile, German

Chamomile, German

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German Chamomile
Matricaria chamomilla (synonym Matricaria recutita)

'German Chamomile', also known as 'Hungarian Chamomile' or 'Wild Chamomile' is often referred to in Germany as "Echte Kamille," which translates as "real" or "genuine" chamomile. The plants are fairly low growing, reaching about eight inches tall, but as it begins its reproductive cycle, it develops ten to twenty-four inch tall stalks that produce white flowers with yellow centers.

It is a beautiful addition to wildflower gardens, flowerbeds, and large meadow-like plantings. Additionally, any medicinal herb garden would be incomplete without it growing there. A hardy annual. Each packet contains 0.25 gram, which is approximately 2,750 seeds.

Medicinal Herbs German Chamomile is an example of both folklore and traditional usage being validated by modern science. One of the most commonly used medicinal herbs in the Western World, the plant material and flowers possess a volatile oil containing compounds proven to support ancient, traditional medicinal uses.[2,3] 'German Chamomile' was named the first medicinal plant of the year by the Verband Deutscher Druggisten (VDD) in 1987, and was again chosen for 2002.

The flowers of 'German Chamomile' were historically dried and used as a medicinal tea to aid in calming nerves (nervine) and as a sleep aid (sedative), to aid in digestion (carminative) and also to strengthen the immune system (tonic).[1] It is still being used for these purposes and more. Throughout Europe, and increasingly so in the United States, it is used for the aforementioned purposes as well as for afflictions of the skin and mucous membranes (antiinflammatory), treating menstrual cramps (antispasmodic), and for various minor illnesses. Extracts of the plant are used externally in the form of salves, lotions, and ointments.[2] As a matter of fact, the Germans have a saying for it; "alles zutraut," which means "trusted for everything" or "capable of anything."

Vaporization Temperature For promoting sleep and boosting the function of the immune system, the reported preferred temperature for vaporizing and aromatherapy is 257°F (125°C).
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The Victory Seed Company does not advocate medical self-diagnosis or self-medication. Reference to the medicinal properties of plants are described here for educational and historical purposes only and are not to be construed as a prescription, prognosis or diagnosis for any disease or illness.  As with any remedies or medicines, you should consult your personal health care provider before using. Informational References:
  1. "A Modern Herbal," Mrs. M. Grieve, 1931, p. 185-188.
  2. "Tyler's Honest Herbal: A Sensible Guide to the Use of Herbs & Related Remedies," Steven Foster & Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D., MJF Books, New York, 1999.
  3. "Peterson's Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America," Steven Foster & James A. Duke, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2014.
  4. "Handbook of phytochemical constituents of GRAS herbs and other economic plants," James A. Duke, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 1992.
  5. "Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases," U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 1992-2016.
Caution: Although very rare, people with allergies to Ragweed or other plants in the Asteraceae or Compositae families may experience a reaction from 'German Chamomile'. For perspective, after surveying worldwide literature published between 1887 and 1982 on the subject, only five (5) cases of allergic reaction due to the use of Matricaria recutita were discovered.[2]