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Ambiguous images[edit]

The two images on this page are not helpful: this is a disambiguation page, but the images are labeled only with the ambiguous name.

I'd fix this myself but I don't know what the correct labels are (guessing German chamomile but I'd hate to inject a mistake).— Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.115.25.249 (talkcontribs) 12:18, 11 August 2005‎ (UTC)

Variety sold in stores[edit]

Which variety is most commonly the source of the chamomile tea you'd buy in a store? Or are the differences between the German and Roman varieties inconsequential as far as tea is concerned?— Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.254.232.125 (talkcontribs) 06:53, 12 January 2006‎ (UTC)

Effects[edit]

What are the properties and effects of this, as an oil, on the various body systems? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.8.14.163 (talk) 19:22, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

I've added a number of external links to some U.S. Government sources that I think provide what you're looking for, and hopefully someone will incorporate here at a future date. My only real question, here, is the nature of this article. Is it a disambiguation (in which case it should be formally turned into one) or is it a general article about all kinds of chamomile, in which case it should be re-worked into a less disambiguatory form and lots of other info should be added. -Miskaton (talk) 21:19, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
I broke down and added the very highest level review of some of those sources that I could to the article. I basically just listed the examples of conditions that have any promising data and known side-effects. It's only a start, but at least it's that. -Miskaton (talk) 22:10, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

In latin america, Chamomile (Manzinilla) is believed by many to cure ailments ranging from diaper rash to hangnails to HIV. Or at least thats what they'd have you think.... 70.197.110.116 (talk) 01:05, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Tea doesn't taste bad[edit]

I would just like to chime in and state that, brewed properly, is very sweet, not bitter. Any tea that is brewed improperly will taste bad. Someone should change that. 66.188.254.197 (talk) 06:56, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

NIH study - Chamomile's potential as an anti-anxiety medication[edit]

Information that perhaps should be incorporated into this article: http://nccam.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010_may/chamomileanxiety.htm - "Study Shows Chamomile Capsules Ease Anxiety Symptoms" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez/19593179 - "A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral Matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract therapy for generalized anxiety disorder." ClovisPt (talk) 17:21, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

Medicinal/alternative therapy uses[edit]

I'm curious; is this section supposed to even pretend to be neutral? There could at least be a listing of what its' positive characteristics are supposed to be, even if it is acknowledged that research hasn't been done on all of them. Seriously; what sort of blatantly pro-Establishment shills write these articles?

Petrus4 (talk) 20:27, 3 June 2011 (UTC)

Actual information regarding growing the plant?[edit]

This article reads like an ad for phony alternative herb therapies. Seriously; what sort of foolish hippie quack or Chinese herb witch doctor writes these articles?

It's a plant. Doesn't it have some objective properties? Where does it grow naturally? What temperature does it require? What light levels? Is it annual? Perennial? Does it bloom? When? What kind of soil does it thrive in? I'm not even a botanist and I can imagine these simple questions. Instead I get a bunch of hoodoo about alleged and unproven mood altering properties.

98.167.164.240 (talk) 21:23, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Very poor sources[edit]

I checked the sources that give the following claims:

It is known to reduce stress.[1]

Chamomile is also useful as an antidiuretic[2].

They certainly don't pass as reliable medical sources, as they appear to be advocacy pieces/articles from questionable organizations/web sites which contain claims and speculation without citing reliable medical sources (studies, reviews) and therefore impossible to verify. I will look for reliable sources supporting (or refuting) the claims regarding stress reduction and alledged antidiuretic effects and remove the sentences. I would also like to expand or entirely rewrite (as it's really messy, incomplete, missing prose) the section 'Medicinal use' and the lede, but I'm not accustomed with the manual of style for medical articles yet. Any suggestions how to improve the article? --Semilanceata (talk) 06:59, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

Ambiguity of common name[edit]

Even though the article describes several species, and notably, species in different genera, the article defaults to simply 'Chamomile' even though it is clear that there are many distinct plant types. Can contributors please elaborate which species are used for what purposes and what differences there are between them, if any, and most importantly define which species are being referred to. This is particularly important when citing research, and may even clear up some issues described above. This is exactly why the vernacular or common names is not sufficient - please help to improve this article by simply being precise. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 114.76.246.181 (talk) 07:48, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

"Etymology" section is technically wrong.[edit]

Anthemis nobilis is the classical Latin and scientific name. The word chamomile is directly from Greek as milo is not the Latin name for apple. It is later medievil Latin that adopts / copies the Greek which is an untranslated directly imitated word. "By way of Latin" is an intellectually fraudulent way of repeatedly denying credit to something that has already been documented as completely Greek. e.g. Venus de Milo ; not a Venus and not Roman. Latin only had 20,000 until the end of the ancient period (Justinian), assertions that Greek must defer is a joke. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.252.6.135 (talk) 07:17, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

  1. ^ "Discovery Health "Chamomile: Herbal Remedies"". health.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.isnare.com/?aid=656466&ca=Wellness%2C+Fitness+and+Diet