Scientific Name: Matricaria recutita
- Volatile oil (a-bisabolol, azulene, chamazulene & matricin)
- Flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin, quercetin)
- Sesquiterpenes lactones
- Coumarins (umbelliferone)
- Salicylic acid
- Fatty acids
- Carminative & Antispasmodic
- Nervine Relaxant
Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:
- Volatile oils bisabolol, chamazulene, azulene & matricin are primarily responsible for anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antimicrobial effects.
- Flavonoids like apigenin are antispasmodic and have sedative effects.
- Coumarins (umbelliferone) are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
- Sesquiterpene lactones possibly responsible for anti-allergenic effects.
- Infusion: 1-2 tsp/cup water; steep 3-5 min. covered; 1 cup TID.
- Tincture (1:5, 45%), 1-4 ml TID. 80 ml weekly max.
- Baths, Steams & Enemas.
- Note: Is best dosed on the low end of its dosage range over a long period of time (e.g. 8 weeks).
Safety & Toxicity Concerns:
- Is a smooth muscle relaxant and therefore may contribute to miscarriage in pregnant women, especially before 12 weeks. Best avoided in pregnancy.
- Avoid in known allergy to Asteraceae family
- Potential interactions with antiarrhythmics, anti-coagulants, anti-diabetic agents, anti-hypertensives, CNS depressants, SERMs, and spasmolytics.
- May inhibit non heme-Iron absorption.