Family : Asteraceae (Compositae)
Habitat : Native to Europe and northwest Asia; naturalized in north America and Australia. It is cultivated extensively, especially in Hungary and Eastern Europe
Odour : A strong sweetish warm herbaceous odour
Part of plant used : Flower heads
Method of extraction : Steam distilled
Dosha effect of oil : Pitta
Therapeutic indication : Skin care: Acne, allergies, boils, burns, cuts, chilblains, dermatitis, earache, eczema, hair care, inflammations, insect bites, rashes, sensitive skin, teething pain, toothache, wounds
Circulation, Muscles and joints: Arthritis, inflamed joints, muscular pain, neuralgia, rheumatism, sprains
Digestive System: Dyspepsia, colic, indigestion, nausea
Genito-urinary system: Dysmenorrhea, menopausal problems, and menorrhagia
Nervous system: headache, insomnia, nervous tension migraine and stress related complaints
Mind/Emotions : Keeps bad dreams away, reduces worries and tension.
Safety Data : Non-toxic, non-irritant; causes dermatitis in some individuals.