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29. March 2016

Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the most popular medicinal plants in Europe. Our grandmothers even used it for all kinds of ailments, and rightly so, because it is a true jack of all trades. And not only that, chamomile was even sacred to the ancient Germanic people: They dedicated the plant to the light god Baldur. The same goes for the Egyptians: Chamomile was the flower of the sun god Re. With a little imagination, you can actually see a sun in the golden yellow blossom head of the chamomile. Since ancient times, healers have known of its effects on health. Traditionally, chamomile has been used for stomach problems and to support gastrointestinal function, skin function and mucous membrane functioning of the mouth and throat area. Even today, chamomile is the first choice as a remedy for healing inflamed, irritated or dry skin in particular in infants and young children.

It is also used for the care of adult skin. It is recommended for acne, inflamed skin and for healing wounds.

Chamomile was named the first medicinal plant of the year in 1987 by the Association of German chemists. In addition, it was chosen as the medicinal plant of the year in 2002.

The ingredient of chamomile that is critical for its use is the essential oil that accounts for 0.3 to 1.5% of the plant mass.