Garden Chamomile has maintained a valuable reputation for many hundreds of years, and its usefulness is fully recognized. In character it is a soothing nervine, and a mild stomach tonic, to be used where there is weakness and poor appetite. The flowers are best used in infusion or the tincture in hot water. The Roman variety is best; after the Roman, the German is second and the common garden variety is as good as either of the others but is not nearly as strong.
When given warm, Camomile will favor perspiration and soften the skin, and in women will promote the menstrual flow. The cold infusion acts as a tonic, and is more suitable for stomach difficulties, and as a drink during convalescence from febrile diseases. The vapor from Camomile boiled in water may be inhaled to advantage in quinsy.
When applied externally, it will relieve sprains, bruises, and swellings and remove callouses, corns, etc.; it will also restore shrunken sinews. The dose of the tincture is from one-half to one drachm.