The word chamomile actually refers to a range of different daisy-like plants, which are a member of the Asteraceae family. There are many different species of
chamomile, the two most commonly being German chamomile (Marticaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). They have been used since Ancient times for their calming and
anti-inflammatory properties, and each offer their own additional health benefits. Chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers,
colds, stomach ailments, and as an anti-inflammatory, to name only a few therapeutic uses. Chamomile may be used internally or externally. Extensive scientific research over the past 20
years has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant's therapeutic activity, including antipeptic, antispasmodic,
antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity. Recent and on-going research has identified chamomiles specific anti-inflammatory,anti-bacterial, muscle relaxant,
antispasmodic, anti-allergenic and sedative properties, validating its long-held reputation. This attention appears to have increased the popularity of the herb and nowadays Chamomile is
included as a drug in the pharmacopoeia of 26 countries.