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Chamomile grows wild in Europe and west Asia.  Related species are found in North America and Africa.
Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) foliage can be chopped and stirred into butter or sour cream that is used to top baked potatoes.

German Chamomile is most often used for medicinal purposes, and is usually administered as a tea.  It can be administered as a compress for external healing and as a bath for babies.  It can also be used in potpourri, as a relaxing bath or footbath, for lightening fair hair, and conditions complexion.

Its flowers help to ease indigestion, nervousness, depressions and headaches, being ideal for emotion related problems such as peptic ulcers, colitis, spastic colon and nervous indigestion.  Chamomile's essential oil have anti-inflammatory,anti-spasmodic and anti-microbial activity.  It is an excellent herb for many digestive disorders and for nervous tension and irritability.  Externally, it is used for sore skin and eczema. Roman chamomile is a close relation and used in a similar way.

Main properties of Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, relaxant, carminative, bitter, nervine.

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