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Also known as Chamaemelum nobile and Matricaria recutita.
Chamomile flowers are picked in full bloom on the day they open, when the active compounds they contain are most potent. They can be used either fresh or dried in various infusions or herbal preparations.
Chamomile is widely used to treat a variety of ailments including mild digestive problems (it rapidly reduces inflammation and relieves spasms), stress, insomnia, gingivitis, asthma, and other lung problems. Chamomile is also regarded as an effective treatment for many skin conditions, helping to calm and soothe.
Chamomile flowers contain complex substances including apigenin, which is believed to help relax muscles and is therefore generally responsible for the calming effects of the herb.
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