Chamomile is a flowering plant in the daisy (Asteraceae) family. Native to Europe and Western Asia, it's now found around the world. Chamomile does smell slightly like an apple, which explains why its name in Greek means “Earth apple”.

What is the Chamomile Flower

Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs.

Chamomile’s medicinal properties come from the dried flowers that contain terpenoids and flavonoids.

There are two varieties of Chamomile— German  and Roman. The German Chamomile plant is more commonly used for therapeutic purposes,, and is also known to be the more potent of the two types. 

Chamomile tea is one of the most popular herbal teas on the market, likely due to the fact that it is known to have calming effects and assist with sleep problems, digestive issues and anxiety. In addition, Chamomile has also been found effective in treating a long list of other physical conditions such as menstrual disorders, ulcers, hemorrhoids, muscle pain and inflammation. 

Chamomile Flower Skin Benefits

When used in topical form, Chamomile has been found to help treat eczema, sunburn and other skin irritations and rashes.  Essential oils of Chamomile are commonly found in many cosmetics, skin care products and aromatherapy.

Chamomile also:

  • Reduces redness and inflammation and helps heal acne
  • Contains potent anti-oxidants such as polyphenols and phytochemicals that help reduce signs of aging by protecting the skin from free radicals
  • Stimulates cell and tissue renewal that diminishes the appearance of fine lines

Chamomile Flower side effects

Because Chamomile belongs to the same plant family as ragweed and chrysanthemum, people with an allergy to either of these plants may experience an allergic reaction to Chamomile.

There is no recommended dosage for Chamomile but it does contain a small amount of coumarin which is an anticoagulant, so it should not be used by anyone currently taking prescription blood thinners or who has a bleeding disorder.

Chamomile has not been thoroughly tested or proven safe for use by pregnant or nursing women or young children, and should be avoided or discussed with a doctor before use.