Part of the plant used for medicinal purposes: chamomile flower (Chamomillae flos)

Other names: German chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, wild chamomile, blue chamomile, scented mayweed.

Description and harvesting

Chamomile is an annual plant which grows 20–50 cm tall and has small white and yellow florets. It grows on meadows, between grains, but is also cultivated in gardens. Flowers bloom from June to August; the disc florets are hollow. Only florets are picked for tea, while the entire plant is picked for baths. It should be picked in a dry and sunny weather, dried quickly in a shade and stored in a dry place. Make sure to touch it as least as possible to prevent it from losing its healing value! To make tea, simply pour it over with boiling water. Do not drink tea when still very hot – this is recommended for linden tea.

Constituents and medicinal use

It is used to relieve pain and inflammations, to treat insomnia, nervousness, poor digestion, skin diseases, and spasms of all types. Warm compresses are most commonly used. Chamomile works against stones, sharp pain in the limbs, jaundice, anxiety chest pain, menstrual problems, and worms. Infuse a handful of flowers in 1 litre of white wine in the sun for 12 hours and sip. Crush chamomile, mix it with honey and take one teaspoon of this mixture every morning and evening over a longer period of time to dissolve and eliminate mucosa from the lungs or stomach. Chamomile oil works very well as a rub in case of lumps, swelling, contusions, gout and rheumatism. Infuse a few handfuls of chamomile in 1 litre of olive oil in the sun for 10 days and strain into glass bottles. Rub this oil into the affected areas 3 to 5 times every day. In case of tooth extraction or sore throat, gargle chamomile tea; the pain will stop and the wound will be cleaned and healed. Chamomile baths help with pain in the ears, eyes, headache, sinusitis, granulomas and bronchitis. Baths should last 20 to 30 minutes. The tea quickly soothes stomach problems in case of mucositis or even an ulcer. Add peppermint and lemon balm to the tea. Attention! Do not drink chamomile tea in case of vomiting. Chamomile is a thorough disinfectant. Use it as compresses or baths in case of infected wounds and wounds that do not heal well. Crushed fresh plant can also be put on wounds.

Monk Simon Ašič’s product containing chamomile flower:


1. Domača lekarna patra Simona Ašiča. Priročnik za nabiranje zdravilnih rastlin. Celjska Mohorjeva družba.
. Domača lekarna patra Simona Ašiča. Recepti. Celjska Mohorjeva družba.
3. Willfort R. Zdravline rastline in njih uporaba. Založba obzorja Maribor.