Overview

Roman chamomile is a plant. The flowerheads are used to make medicine.

Some people take Roman chamomile by mouth for various digestive disorders including upset stomach (indigestion), nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and intestinal gas (flatulence). It is also commonly applied to the skin for pain and swelling (inflammation) and included as a germ-killer in ointments, creams, and gels used to treat cracked nipples, sore gums, and irritation of the skin. Some people put Roman chamomile in a steam bath and inhale it for sinusinflammation, hay fever, and sore throat. But there is limited scientific evidence to support any of these uses.

In foods and beverages, the essential oil and extract are used for flavoring.

In manufacturing, the volatile oil of Roman chamomile is used as a fragrance in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes; and to flavor cigarette tobacco. The extract is also used in cosmetics and soaps. Teas have been used as a hair tint and conditioner, and to treat parasitic worm infections.

How does it work ?

Roman chamomile contains chemicals that may help to fight cancer and diabetes. But more information is needed.

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