Common Camomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Chamomile has been used for centuries for a variety of ailments. It has a strong, aromatic scent. Chamomile is considered to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anodyne, carminative, diaphoretic, laxative, stomachic, sedative and tonic properties. It has calming and soothing properties. It is used for nervousness, headaches, anxiety, and hysteria. Chamomile also soothes and calms stomach and is often recommended for various digestive problems: it helps relieve abdominal pain and is commonly used in treatment of indigestion, gastritis, excessive gas, abdominal bloating, colic, hernia, peptic ulcer. Chamomile tea is also useful in easing menstrual pain, treating hay fever and asthma. Used externally, it soothes the skin, helps in cases of various allergies, sore skin and eczema.