Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract
Chamomile is widely used throughout the world. It is used both internally and externally to treat an extensive list of conditions.
It is used externally for wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, skin irritations, neuralgia, sciatica,
rheumatic pain, hemorrhoids, mastitis, and leg ulcers. Additionally, it is used externally to treat
diaper rash, cracked nipples, chicken pox, poison ivy and conjunctivitis, and as a hair tint and
conditioner. European oncologists use a chamomile mouthwash called Kamillosan to treat
chemotherapy-induced mouth sores. The German Commission E has approved chamomile for
external use for inflammation of the skin, mucous membranes and ano-genital area, bacterial
skin diseases including those of the oral cavity and gums, and respiratory tract inflammation.
Externally it is used for treatment of inflammation and irritations of the skin and mucosa: skin cracks, bruises, frostbite, dermatitis and insect bites, and irritation and infections of the mouth, gums, and haemorrhoids. Internally for relief of GI-discomfort: dyspepsia, epigastric bloating, impaired digestion, and flatulence; sedation: treatment of restlessness, mild insomnia due to nervous disorders and tension relief. Effectiveness of chamomile may differ from country to country depending on the weather and soil content of the place it grows. For instance chamomile that grow in Germany, known as “German chamomile” is known for its efficacy in treatment of GI-discomfort, however, the chamomile that is cultivated in the United States is not used for treatment of GI- symptoms due to its weak effects. Chamomile extract is an effective sedative and helps relax tense muscles associated with nerve disorders. It is also a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. A moderately new clinical study has shown that chamomile and other plants of the asteracea family that have apigenin and flavonoid extracts have significantly suppressed a pro-carcinogen inducible Cox-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase in mouse macrophages. The study concluded that consumption of such plants might be effective in the prevention of carcinogenesis and inflammation.