Scientific name: Matricaria chamomilla
Top rating: Matricaria
Species: M. recutita
Chamomile, Chamomilla recutita (L). Rauschert, is an herbaceous and aromatic plant. Its flower has an essential oil composed of terpenes, flavonoids and other organic substances, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions. As a result, it helps to calm down and can also be good for the skin, cramps, swelling and other problems.
Chamomile’s main nutrients
The main nutrients in chamomile are flavonoids, which have an anti-inflammatory action and also have an antioxidant action. The latter is important because it fights free radicals and prevents degenerative brain disease, cancer and other complications.
Coumarin is also present in chamomile and it has antioxidant and antibacterial actions. The plant also has vitamin A, a nutrient that contributes to good vision, as it protects the cornea.
Proven Benefits of Chamomile
Helps to calm down: Chamomile helps to reduce anxiety and get a good night’s sleep. The plant has glycenia, a substance that has a calming effect on the nerves and helps you sleep. In addition, the flavonoid apigenin present in the plant binds to brain GABA-A receptors, similarly to benzodiazepines, which acts to reduce anxiety.
Benefits in study of chamomile
Good for the skin: The essential oils and flavonoids found in chamomile flowers have anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce redness and swelling of the skin, particularly when applied directly to the skin in a cream or compress. The herb can also reduce dark circles. However, more research is needed to prove the benefit.
Reduces cramps: Because of its antispasmodic activity, chamomile can help reduce intestinal cramps and gas.
Reduces swelling: Chamomile contains camazulene in addition to other chemical compounds that help reduce swelling.
Anti-inflammatory action: The plant’s anti-inflammatory action can be beneficial in several problems, including arthritis and rheumatic diseases.