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The plant is indigenous to northern Europe and grows wild in central European countries. It is especially abundant in eastern Europe and is cultivated in many countries including western Asia, the Mediterranean region of northern Africa and the United States.
The name Chamomile is derived from the Greek word "chamai" meaning "on the ground" and "melo" meaning "apple" from the apple-like scent. The Latin name, Matricaria recutita, means "beloved mother medicine", because it was widely used in women's hygiene. In ancient Egypt the plant was dedicated to the god of the sun.
- Chamomile is rich in a-bisabolol, azulene and flavonoids.
- It has anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties and is ideal for treatment of skin cracks, bruises, frostbite and insect bites.
- It also has mild antiseptic properties and cleanses skin's pores from impurities.
- Traditionally, chamomile tea is used to rinse hair in order to enhance the color of blonde hair.
- As aromatherapy, it offers toning, calming and relaxing actions.
- It is used to treat digestive problems, hemorrhoids, irritations and infections of the mouth and gums.
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