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German Chamomile Description
The herb named German Chamomile
(Matricaria recutita) is an annual plant native
to Europe and some parts of Asia. It has also been introduced,
and has spread wildly, throughout both Australia and
North America. German Chamomile is actually part of
the sunflower family of plants.
German Chamomile is often also called
Wild Chamomile or Scented Mayweed. This plant needs
open soil to grow. As such, open cultivated fields often
see German Chamomile growing among the rows, along with
the sides of roads. German Chamomile
grows to a maximum height of about 60 cm, but plants
ranging from 15 cm up to 60 cm are commonly seen together.
The flower petals of the German Chamomile
plant are white, while the centre of the flower is a
bright yellow. These flowers bloom in the early parts
of the summer and have a very strong scent.
German Chamomile Uses
German Chamomile is used to make Chamomile tea. This
tea is used to treat sore stomachs and to help people
German Chamomile can also be used
to treat oral mucositis, when used as a mouthwash.