Chamomile (Karpurpushpa)


Chamomile Scientific Name

Matricaria chamomilla

Chamomile Other Names

English: Camomile, Chamomile
Hindi: Kaimomail, Baaboona
Spanish: Manzanilla
French: Camomille
German: Kamille
Latin: Chamaemilla, tritaque
Sanskrit: Karpurpushpa, Shevanti

What is Chamomile?

Chamomile is a delicate daisy-like herb with hollow stems and velvety petals. It has a sweet pineapple-like fragrance.
Chamomile or Karpurpushpa (as known in Sanskrit) is an ancient Ayurvedic herb used for centuries for its medicinal properties. This herb works like an elixir to calm down the central nervous system, relieve anxiety, and treat stomach troubles (mainly associated with stress). This daisy-like herb is used for herbal decoctions and teas. It is considered a safe medicine and also used in Homeopathy (a branch of alternative medicine based on the belief that the “body can cure itself”) and Bach Medicine (flower remedies).

Common forms of Chamomile

Tea, Oil, Capsule

Chamomile is commonly used for:

Chamomile Dosage

Tea: Made from 3 g dried flowers in 1 cup of water, twice or thrice a day.
Capsule: 1 or 2 daily
Oil: 1 or 2 drops in body lotion/moisturizer

Chamomile Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Allergic reactions, skin/eye irritation from direct contact.
Not so common side-effects: Avoid using if you are on blood thinners.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not known.
Children: Not Known.

Where to Buy Chamomile in US?

Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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