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German Chamomile

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 sleep.

German Chamomile can also be used to treat oral mucositis, when used as a mouthwash.

Also check out the German Chamomile Classification, and German Chamomile Pictures.

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