A Brief on Chamomile

The Herbs and the Herbal Medicine: Matricaria Recutita

There are numerous kinds of chamomile. Two most popular are Roman chamomile and German chamomile, both are from the Compositae (or Asteraceae, commonly referred to as the aster, daisy, composite, or sunflower) family. Matricaria recutita is generally known as German chamomile, and Chamaemelum nobile is known as Roman chamomile.

It is worth noting that “(T)the chamomile has varieties of diploid 2n=18 and tetraploid 2n=36. The varieties of diploid have shorter growth and less brushwood height than the varieties of tetraploid” - Sharrif moghaddasi M. Study on Cammomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) Usage and Farming. Adv. Environ. Biol. 2011; 5: 1446-1453.

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, deodorant, bacteriostatic, antimicrobial, carminative, sedative, antiseptic, anticatarrhal and spasmolytic properties.

“The biological activity of chamomile is mainly due to the phenolic compounds, primarily the flavonoids apigenin, quercetin, patuletin, luteolin and their glucosides, but also to the principal components of the essential oil extracted from the flowers like α-bisabolol and its oxides and azulenes, including camazulene” - Hadaruga NG, Hadaruga DI, Tatu C, Gruia A, Costescu C, Lupea AX. Multivariate analysis (PCA) in Compositae biocompounds class. Journal of Agroalimentary Processes and Technologies. 2009; 15: 201-210.

Bisabolol comprises 50% of German chamomile’s essential oil and is a spasmolytic for intestinal smooth muscle.

The flavonoids apigenin and luteolin possess anti-inflammatory, carminative, and antispasmodic properties.

Apigenin binds to GABA receptors and has a mild sedative effect. The spiroethers cis- and trans-en-yn-dicycloether occur in German chamomile. They are spasmolytic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory.

There are several chamomile chemocultivars. Depending on the active principles, the cultivars could, for example, be specified as M. recutita L. cv. “rich in bisabolol” or as M. recutita L. cv. “rich in bisabololoxide” - Franke R. (2005). Plant Sources. In R. Franke and H. Schilcher (Eds.) Chamomile, Industrial Profiles. CRC Press.

German chamomile is more widely cultivated than Roman chamomile (Newall et al., 1996; Blumenthal, 1998). Four cultivars of German Chamomile were mentioned in [1]: Bodegold (tetraploid), Germania (diploid), Bona (diploid) and Goral (tetraploid); and other high yielding varieties (of German Chamomile cultivars?) were: Manzana, Degumille and Zloty Lan as mentioned in [2].

(This paragraph is appended here on 15 December 2021)

In a recent research paper: Differences in the Aroma Profile of Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) after Different Drying Conditions [4], the drying methods of chamomile flower heads:-

  • air drying in the shades and/or sun drying
  • oven-drying at >=40 degree Celsius
  • microwave-drying
  • solar-drying

were studied. Drying in the shade is best suited to preserve the quality of the flower in terms of color, appearance, and chemical oil composition after drying.


  1. German and Roman Chamomile - Shahram Sharafzadeh and Omid Alizadeh

  2. Introduction to Chamomile: Medicinal, Biochemical and Agricultural Aspects - from American Botanical Council

  3. German chamomile (Matricaria recutita L.) - Northwestern Agricultural Research Center, Montana State University

  4. Differences in the Aroma Profile of Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) after Different Drying Conditions

Handbook of Herbs and Spices (Second Edition), Volume 2, 2012 - 27.3.1
Parts of this section are reproduced with permission from an article that first appeared in Alternative Medicine Review in 2008 (Thorne Research Inc., 2008)

Herbal medicine: summary for the public
Matricaria aetheroleum - the officinal essential oil of chamomile is obtained by steam distillation from the flower heads of chamomile. Matricaria oil is the common name for the essential oil of the flower heads of the plant Matricaria Recutita. It is suggested in [2], some kind of disease / ailment, e.g. Anorexia nervosa, asthma, Athlete's foot, ADHD, etc. can be relieved or cured by essential oil of chamomile.
https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-summary/matricaria-oil-summary-public_en.pdf - 20 October 2015

Plant Drug Analysis: A Thin Layer Chromatography Atlas - Page 32&33
Springer Science & Business Media, 11 November 2013

Commerical site on German chamomile

Commerical site on (aromatheraphy) chamomile essential oil

Estimates: 4ml of Roman chamomile essential oil is produced from 1 kg of fresh material; while 8ml from 1 kg of dry material.

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