Matricaria aurea

Matricaria aurea (Loefl.) Sch.Bip.

Asteraceae (Compositae)

  • Cotula aurea Loefl. Chamomilla aurea J.Gay
  • Golden Chamomile
  • Golden Mayweed
  • بابونج
  • بابونج ذهبي
  • babunaj
  • babunaj dahabi
  • בַּבּוֹנָג זָהֹב
  • babonag zahov

Annual

  • Nutrient-rich soils
  • ruderal

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Matricaria aurea (Loefl.) Sch.Bip.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Cancer

Cancer

Anti-carcinogenic

1.Decoct 1 teaspoon aerial parts in 1 cup boiling water & drink x1/day.
2. Decoct aerial parts + parsley (Petrosalinum sativa) + thyme? (unclear if this is Thymbra sp. or Origanum syriacum) & drink 1 cup x2/day until recovery.
3.Decoct aerial parts +1.5 teaspoons mint (Mentha spicata) in 1 cup water & drink x1 cup/day for a short time.

RootB
Dermatological

Eczema

Anti-inflammatory

Decoct aerial parts, use to make poultice & apply to affected area.

Fruit, TaprootZ
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal pain/ flatulence

Carminative

Decoct x2 teaspoons aerial parts to 2 cups of water & drink x2 cups as needed. Children: ½ cup/day.

LeafZ
Gastrointestinal

Intestinal inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent

Decoct leaves & flowers & drink x1 cup/day.

LeafZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract infection

Anti-Infective

Decoct leaves & flowers & expose to steam in a steam bath.

Aerial partsZ
Mental Health

Nervousness

Anxiolytic

Decoct leaves & flowers & drink x1 cup/day.

Aerial partsZ
Opthalmology

Eye inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

Decoct leaves & flowers & apply locally as poultice.

LeafZ
Oral Health

Toothache

Analgesic

Decoct leaves & flowers & drink x1 cup/day.

Aerial partsZ
Respiratory

Asthma

Anti-asthmatic

1. Prepare infusion of 1 teaspoon flowers to 1 cup boiled water & inhale steam x1/day before sleep.
2. Drink infusion x3-4/day until recovery.

1.Whole plant (aerial parts + root ) 2. Root alone 3. Aerial parts aloneZ
Respiratory

Influenza

Anti-Infective

Decoct aerial parts + sage (Salvia fruticosa) + anise (Anisum vulgare) + mint (Mentha spicata) & drink x1-2 cups/day.

LeafB
Womens Health

Facilitate birth /delivery

Parturient

Decoct 1 teaspoon aerial parts to 1 cup water & add to bath in which the patient sits.

Whole plant (? aerial parts + root)Z

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Matricaria genus has some species which may contain sesquiterpene lactones that can cause allergic reactions including tongue thickening, tightness in throat, swelling lips, throat & eyes, itching in mouth & body. Cross-sensitivities with other Asteraceae/ Compositae family (e.g. Echinacea, Feverfew, Milk thistle, Ragweed (ragwort) & celery) may occur. Also a uterine stimulant therefore avoid in pregency & lactation. Avoid in teething babies. May interfere with anticoagulants because of coumarin content .