What Is Chamomile?
Chamomile is derived from the Greek words chamos (ground) in reference to its low-growing characteristics and melos (apple). Fresh chamomile blossoms are often described as having an apple-like scent.

The two primary types of chamomile are German chamomile (Maricaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis).

The dry flower of chamomile contains approximately 120 secondary metabolites, comprising terpenoids and flavonoids, which contribute to its medicinal properties.

Chamomile is also well known for its essential oils with a pleasant aroma. It is used extensively for supplementing cosmetic products and in aromatherapy for its calming effect.

In rare cases, chamomile may result in an allergic reaction or irritation upon contact. Those who are allergic to other members of the aster family (ragweed, asters, chrysanthemums) may also be allergic to chamomile. Chamomile has also been reported to interact with the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine. In addition, coumarin, which is a component of chamomile, may amplify the effects of warfarin.

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