Ormenis multicaulis, O. mixta (Plant Family: Asteraceae/Compositae)
Type of plant: Perennial herb with daisy-like yellow flowers and hairy leaves
Part used: Flowering tops
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Data: Although the flower of Ormenis looks like a typical chamomile, it’s a different species and has quite different therapeutic qualities. When buying any chamomile, it’s important to look at the botanical name and ensure it is the chamomile you seek. This chamomile is sometimes referred to as chamomile mixta or wild chamomile. There is also a tansy (Tanacetum annuum) that’s sometimes called Moroccan chamomile, but this isn’t a chamomile at all.
Principal place of production: Morocco
When buying look for: A greenish-yellow to amber liquid with a balsamic, herbaceous, sweet aroma. See Data above regarding the name.
Therapeutic properties: Anthelmintic, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, calmative, carminative, relaxant, sedative
Therapeutic uses: Muscular spasm, menstrual cramp, intestinal cramp, stomachache, migraine, headache, nervousness, irritability, anxiety
Blends well with: Bay laurel, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cistus, clary sage, coriander seed, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram (sweet), melissa, orange (sweet), patchouli, petitgrain, rose absolute, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Precautionary advice: No contraindications known