Overview

German chamomile is an herb that is native to southern and eastern Europe. The herb smells slightly like apple, and is popular throughout the world. The name "chamomile" is Greek for "Earth apple". Do not confuse German chamomile with Roman chamomile.

People use German chamomile for diarrhea, indigestion (dyspepsia), anxiety, and excessive crying in infants (colic). Some people also use German chamomile for insomnia, mouth sores, hemorrhoids, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods and beverages, German chamomile is used as flavoring.

In manufacturing, German chamomile is used in cosmetics, soaps, and mouthwashes.

How does it work ?

German chamomile contains chemicals that seem to promote relaxation and reduce swelling (inflammation).

German chamomile might reduce swelling by slowing the production of chemicals called prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and histamines. These chemicals are usually released to create a swelling response in the body.

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