English Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) is natural herb ingredient of SaniTea™

English Chamomile - antiseptic, shows potential against cancerEnglish Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) flower - anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, choleretic, spasmolytic, and carminative product.

It usually grows near populated areas all over Europe and temperate Asia. It is widely introduced in temperate North America and Australia. As the seeds need open soil to survive, it often grows near roads, around landfills and in cultivated fields as a weed.

Other names include blue chamomile, wild chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, and scented mayweed.

The branched stem is erect and smooth and grows to a height of 15-60 cm. The long and narrow leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate.

The flowers are borne in paniculate capitula. The white ray florets are furnished with a ligule, while the disc florets are yellow. The hollow receptacle is swollen and lacks scales. This property distinguished Chamomile from Corn Chamomile (Anthemis arvensis), which has a receptacle with scales. The flowers have a strong, aromatic smell, and bloom in early to mid summer.

Chamomile is used medicinally against sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a gentle sleep aid. It can also aid in the assistance of defecation. It can be taken as an herbal tea, two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of tea. For a sore stomach, some recommend taking a cup every morning without food for two to three months. It is also used as a mouthwash against oral mucositis. It has acaricidal properties against certain mites, such as Psoroptes cuniculi. The primary known active ingredient of the essential oil from Chamomile is bisabolol. Other active ingredients include chamazulene, flavonoids and coumarin.

A 2006 review of the medical literature reported a number of beneficial effects of chamomile in in vitro and animal tests but added that more human clinical trials are needed before firm conclusions can be drawn. Chamomile has sped healing time of wounds in animals. It also showed some benefit in an animal model of diabetes. Very preliminary in-vitro results show potential against cancer. Potential risks include interference with warfarin and infant botulism in very young children.

English Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) is natural herb ingredient of SaniTea™