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Botanical name

Matricaria chamomilla,
(Aster family).

Common name
German Chamomile.

From the flowers.



This is a perennial herb (Dr Peters Note: No the German chamomile is annual. The Roman variety is perennial). with a strong fibrous root.  In a wild state the stems are prostrate, but in gardens more upright, about a span long, round, hollow, furrowed and downy; the leaves pale green, pinnate, sessile, with thread shaped leaflets.  The flower heads terminal, rather smaller than the daisy and of yellow or whitish color.


Chamomile is indigenous to Southern Europe, we have also a common or wild Chamomile (Anthemis Cotula)  growing in the United States, but it is not considered as good as the German Chamomile for medicinal purposes. The white flowers are the best; they have an aromatic, agreeably bitter taste and peculiar odor. They yield their properties to alcohol and water. 


The herbalists used this herb for flatulency, colic, cramps in the stomach and in mild sedative conditions. Homeopathically it is a well proved and widely used drug.


Constitutional Application

That Cham is a constitutional remedy is often not known but it corresponds to sycosis and is suited to the arthritic diathesis. Swelling of prepuce (sycosis). excoriation at the edge of prepuce (sycosis) provides the the sycotic taint.


Mentals (Adult)
The general constitutional state of Chamomilla is great sensitiveness; sensitive to every impression, sensitive to surroundings; sensitive to persons and, above all, sensitive to pain. The constitutional irritability is so great that a little pain brings forth manifestations as if the patient were in very great suffering.  It naturally belongs to the woman's nervous system when she is wrought up and extremely sensitive and in pain.


The mental state goes along with this.  Sensitiveness of the  mind. Great irritability. These two run through Chamomilla so closely that they are inseparable.  Easily affected by mortification (humiliation or indignation), by chagrin (a feeling of embarrassment or humiliation caused by failure or disappointment), so that the nerves become extremely sensitive from these causes so much so that pains, convulsions, colic, headaches and other kinds of nervous symptoms set in. The nervous child when punished will go into convulsion. The oversensitive nervous women will suffer from chagrin. Jerking and twitching of muscles from mortification and excitement.  The excessive sensibility of the nerves is so excessive that only a few remedies equal it, such as Coffea, Nux Vom, and Opium. 


Chamomilla is particularly suited to light or brown haired persons.  It is suitable to new-born children, and in particular to children during the period of dentition. It is adapted to diseases of women during labor. The mother screams during delivery "Oh; I cannot bear the pain," whereupon a single dose of Cham 200 does the job.  It is suited to children who are mischievously disposed. Persons who are compulsively inclined to lie .A Chamomilla patient is so sensitive to his ailments that he would rather die than to suffer from  them.


Charles J. Hempel called this "the catnip of Homeopathy" because it was particularly adapted to nervous affections especially of children.  This is one of the remedies that finds its leading characteristic symptoms in the mind of the patient.  To boil down all the different ways in which the Chamomilla mind is expressed: one may say that the patient is cross, ugly, spiteful, snappish. They knows it, admits it, and so does everyone else.  They will return mean, uncivil, spiteful answers to their best friends, and then confess their fault only to repeat it again and again. The next time they may stoutly affirm that they cannot help it. This state of mind is always present in the marked Chamomilla case whether it is adult or child.


This peevish disposition in which nothing pleases, takes possession of the child, mother, father or any and all grades and classes of subjects when Cham, is the remedy. It is also especially adapted to ailments brought on by fits of anger. In short, it is the leading anger remedy of the Materia Medica.  The other leading anger remedies for ailments brought on by anger, are Aconite, Bryonia, Colocynth, Ignatia, Lycopoidium, Nux Vomica, Staphysgaria.


Mentals (The Child)
Of course the young child cannot give vent to its feelings by talking so it comes as near to it as it can by whining and crying, sometimes it seems without cause, and also when it shows by fever, diarrhoea, teething and many other complaints that it is actually sick and suffering. It wants this or that thing, puts out its little hand for it, and when it is offered pushes it away and points to something else only to reject it in turn.  Now the child does not know what it wants, but the homeopathic physician does.  It wants a dose of Chamomilla. 


Dr. Kent says that "it is not an uncommon thing, even now-a-days, and especially when practicing in the country, for the young mothers and nurses to give Chamomile tea for colic, after which the baby goes into convulsions. No one attributes it to Chamomile tea, but the doctor will see at once; if he knows Chamomilla, that these convulsions are due to Chamomile."


Notes and Features

This condition relates to pain and to the patient's mind. Their pains seems intolerable and drives them frantic.

Numbness in the painful parts.


Soreness of skin in children.  Excoriation (raw, chapped) about anus(in children). Corrosive leucorrhoea in women (watery, acrid).  Excoriation at the edge of prepuce


In a nutshell Chamomilla is sensitive, irritable, thirsty, hot, numb and oversensitive from from abuse of coffee and narcotics.


In contradistinction Boerricke says A disposition that is mild, calm and gentle; sluggish and with constipated bowels contra-indicates Chamomilla.


Materia Medica
Spiteful, sullen, or uncivil irritability. So irritable that the patient can hardly return a civil answer. Children are exceedingly fretful. They want to be carried all the time in order to be quieted. Oversensitive to pain (thinks that the pain is too severe to be borne) associated with great irritability. There is a disposition to weep, and be angry, with great sensitiveness to offence. There is a whining, restlessness, impatience, intolerant of being spoken to or interrupted all of which are typical symptoms. Mental calmness contraindicates Cham.


Yellow skin color Cracked lips, excoriated and ulcerated. One cheek is red and hot, the other pale and cold. There may be red miliary eruptions on cheeks, wrinkles on the forehead and wrinkled nose.


Throbbing headache in one-half of the brain. There is an inclination to bend the head backwards with warm sweat about head.



Almost specific in infantile earache; the pains are violent, worse from  warmth, the cheeks are red, the patient is restless, fretful and there is great hyperaesthesia with much suffering. The patient is worse at night and from slightest cold.


There are pains in the eyes with inflammation and bleeding with pressure in the orbit. The discharge is profuse and acrid.  with pressure in the orbit.  In the case of the newborn the eyes may ooze bloody water. All these conditions Chaam will cure if there is irritability and temper. 


The patient is sensitive to all smells with sneezing, watery coryza, inability to sleep and loss of smell which lasts as long as the cold lasts.

Toothache which is ameliorated from taking warm things and aggravated from cold, coffee and during pregnancy. The gums are swollen, inflamed, painful and the teeth feel too long resulting in nightly salivation.

Sore and inflamed displaying a uniform redness spreading pretty evenly over the whole throat, with considerable swelling and inflammation of tonsils.  Cham will cure a sore throat if associated with irritability, anger and in constitutions which demonstrate much pain. The mental state determinates when to are to give Cham in the case of a sore throat. 


Lant of appetite with an unquenchable thirst for cold water and a desire for acid drinks. 
Ther is aversion to coffee, warm drinks, soups and liquid foods. The aversion to coffee is a strange thing especially as Cham. and Coffee are very much alike in the general sensitivity of the economy. Cham is the antidote to Coffee which is typified by persons overdrinking it as a stimulant when tired and overworked or by nurses drinking coffee to keep up at night in order to take care of their patients etc. Cham antidotes the Coffee symptoms of yellow tongue, bitter taste, pressive gastralgia as from a stone, bitter bilious vomiting. eructations (which smell like sulphuretted hydrogen) and regurgitation.  


Patients exhibit painful colic of the stomach and abdomen with evening aggravation Infants are particularly susceptible. The typical Cham child doubles up, screams, kicks; wants to be carried, is extremely irritable, has one cheek red whilst the other is pale all accompanied with a peevish mind which desires things but does not want them when they are given.

Stools green, (like grass green or spinach) watery, corroding, hot, very offensive (like rotten eggs). Diarrhoea is particularly noticeable during dentition. 


Women adopt many of the symptoms at menstrual time when they become oversensitive to pain, snappish and suffer intensely even when the pain is slight. The menstrual flow is black, clotted and offensive. Cramping pains in the uterus, clutching and griping,  worse  by heat. Dysmenorrhoea and menstrual colic following anger.


In pregnancy also there is a Cham. condition in which there are irregular contractions; false labor pains, labor pains that are felt in wrong places such as the back, contractions that are most painful, cutting , tearing, bringing out screams. So irritable is she that she scolds the pains, she scolds the doctor, she scolds every body; drives the doctor out the room, drives the nurse off, and then calls for her again and refuses things that are offered. With such symptoms Cham is the cure.


During after pains, during post partum haemorrhage and during post confinement when every breast feeding period is accompanied by cramping in the uterus and back are still more occasions when Cham symptoms may be exhibited. The two principal remedies to rely on for back and abdominal cramp when the child breast feeds are Cham and Puls. Their use should be decided upon by mental symptoms. Puls is mild and gentle, though whimsical whilst Cham is snappish and irritable. Both are sensitive to pain but Cham is far more so.


There is an irritable, dry tickling cough, one cheek red whilst the other is pale and cold, worse at night between 9pm and midnight after which time symptoms improve. It is a common remedy for whooping cough when the mental match and the child wants to be continuously carried.


There is an insupportable pain in loins and hips with backache, stiffness of neck muscles.


Violent rheumatic pains in the limbs which drive him out of bed at night and compel the patient to walk about. Although there may be numbness in certain parts the pains in the long nerves of the extremities are very violent and the patient seems just as sensitive to pain as at other times. It appears that the pain itself causes the following benumbing feeling a condition which in some texts is referred to as "a paralyzing pain". There may be burning in the soles at night from which the patient seeks relief by extending the legs out of the bed. All the routine prescribers whenever the patient is known to put the feet  out of bed give Sul, yet there is a large list of remedies with hot feet, burning soles and all of them will put the feet out of bed, of course, to cool them off. There is no reason why they should all get Sul. The cramps in the legs and calves are of a tearing nature and result in an inability to walk due to pain and weakness and a sensation the the ankles will give way.  


Drowsiness with moaning due to lack of sleep on account of pain causing weeping and wailing during the night sleep together with restlessness  giving rise to anxious, frightened dreams with half-open eyes.


The Cham patient in general is chilly and better for heat as are the pains in general except for of the teeth and jaws which are worse.  


Excessive thirst for cold drinks.


Want of appetite and dislike of food.


Worse from damp, cold weather and wind.   


Warm, wet weather, open air but oversensitive to draught.
When carried in the arms or carriage


Cham has one cheek red and hot whilst the other is cold and pale a symptom it shares along with Acon., Mosch. and Nu-v.
Dig which has one hand hot, the other cold.
Lyc has one foot hot whilst the other is cold.


Bell., Mag-c.  


up to 200C

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Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Matricaria chamomilla
Common Name:Wild Chamomile 
Homeopahtic: Chamomilla 

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