Matricaria recutita

Gentle yet effective, chamomile offers antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its ability to soothe the nervous system makes it indispensable in calming and bedtime tea blends, and it offers antispasmodic activity that makes it ideal for treating tense, aching muscles. Next time you are stressed, sore, or sleepless, give chamomile a try.

Parts Used: Flowers

Precautions: Chamomile contains high levels of coumarin and can adversely interact with blood thinners. It can also cause problems for people who are allergic to ragweed.

Identifying/Growing: Chamomile is native to Europe but is very easy to grow in most places. Its small, daisy-like flowers have white petals and raised yellow centers, and its leaves have a fine, feathery appearance. Easy to grow from seed, it makes a beautiful border in the garden and self-seeds year after year. Cut or pick the flowers when they are in full bloom, and expect to enjoy at least two cuttings each summer.