One recent RCT pilot study tested adult patients (n=34) diagnosed with chronic) primary insomnia (> 6 months--Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition criteria), randomised to receive either placebo or German chamomile
dried extract (540mg/day in a split dose of 2 x 3 tablets) for 28 days.
Presently, an inter-disciplinary research project supported by the Federal Government is running to investigate the genetics of German chamomile
and to establish hybrid breeding for improving the chamomile yields by the use of heterosis.
Other possibilities include bog myrtle, German chamomile
, sandalwood, tomato and vetiver (Chrysopogon zizaniodes).
According to those researchers the German chamomile
can be cultivated for 2-3 years due to seed spilling in a location, but weeds prevent it from growing.
The amount of bisabololoxide A is calculated to be about 300 mg in 100g of dry flowers of German chamomile
under our isolation procedure.
The product contains valerian, lavender, passionflower, German chamomile
, pumpkin, oats and ginger root.
Use calming oils such as Lavender or German Chamomile
in her bath and on her pillow.
Shaklee Valerian, Passion Flower & German Chamomile
Gentle Sleep Complex
Some are exploring additional herbs such as Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua), skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), and German chamomile
The plant used in the study was German chamomile
(Matricaria ecutila), known also as manzannilla.
Looking out across the organic medicinal herb farm in the Pinar del Rio province of Cuba, I am intoxicated by the scent from endless rows of German chamomile
, calendula, and Japanese mint.
We planted the common ornamental chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, a perennial), but flowers of German chamomile
(Matricaria recutita, an annual) make a better-tasting tea.
In May 2001, a previously healthy woman aged 45 years reported the onset of nausea and weakness approximately 8 weeks after beginning use of a kava-containing dietary supplement that listed on the package label, "Kava kava extract (root), standardized to 30% kavalactones (75 mg), hops (strobiles), German chamomile
(flower head), passion flower (flower and fruit), gelatin, and natural vegetable fiber.
flowers, the species commonly sold in this country, contain an oil that reduces inflammation and spasms.
In an earlier issue (85/2) I wrote about four herbs that I grow and use for my family: Calendula, German chamomile
, spearmint and purple coneflower.