Bitter Chamomile Herb - Benefits And Healing Power
Botanical Name: Matricaria chamomilla
Indian Name: Bahunah or Babuni-ke-phul
Description and Composition
Bitter chamomile, also known as German chamomile, is an erect, aromatic, annual herb with several branches growing up to 20 to 45 ems high. It has thread like leaves. Terminal flower heads are about 2.5 cm across, on slender branched stalks, bearing an outer whorl of 10 to 20 white flowers with a yellow centre. The flowers of the plant constitute the drug chamomile.
The herb contains a volatile oil. This oil consists of chamazulene, farnesene and bisabolol. Other constituents of chamomile are flavonoids, coumarins, plant acids, fatty acids, cyanogenic glycosides salicylate derivatives, polysaccharides, choline, amino acids and tannin.
Benefits and Healing Power of Bitter Chamomile Herb
Bitter chamomile flowers contain many medicinal virtues. They relieve flatulence, induce copious perspiration and regulate menstrual periods. They are also stimulant and useful in dissolving or absorbing a tumour or any coagulated fluids in the body.
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