Matricaria chamomilla

Ground apple, Maythen, Pinheads, Pineapple Weed

Native to

All continents somewhere, except for Antarctica

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Flower Heads (gather in the morning, post-dew)

Medicinal Actions

Note: This information is for historical and ceremonial use only, this information is not FDA-regulated or approved. When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings. 

  • Antidepressant: Aids in alleviating depression

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Antimicrobial: Slows or stops the spread of microorganisms, particularly those that spread pathogens

  • Antispasmodic: Relieves involuntary movements such as ticks and siezures 

  • (Note: many antispasmodics have the opposite effect depending on your neurology, consult your doctor).

  • Anxiolytic: Calms, soothes anxiety and mental distress

  • Carminative: Relieves gas... Farts, specifically.

  • Nervine: literally calms the nerves

  • Vulnerary: Helps to heal wounds

Divinities & Mythos

Note: Just because we do not have the information, does not mean it is not out there. Happy researching! And check back, more is added each month!

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Sun

  • Element(s): Water

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Chakra(s): Throat, Solar Plexus

Chamomile is generally considered safe for internal and external use. Be advised that certain pollen allergies can be stimulated by chamomile.

Magical Properties

  • Calm

  • Cleansing

  • Dream

  • Harmony

  • Healing

  • Hex-Breaking

  • Luck

  • Money

  • Prosperity

  • Protection

  • Purification

  • Stress reduction

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?