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    Matricaria is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). Some of the species have the common name of "mayweed," but this name also relates to plants not in this genus. Most are very common in the temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and America as well as in North Africa, and South Africa and some are naturalised in Australia. M. occidentalis is native in North America; other species are introduced. The extracts of German Chamomile (M. recutita) are taken as a strong tea, safe for human consumption. It has been ascribed in herbal medicine to be carminative and anti-inflammatory. It is also used in ointments, lotions, and as a mouthwash against infections of mouth and gums. In aromatherapy use 2 essential oils of Chamomile: the "true chamomille" oil (from M. recutita) and the Roman Chamomile oil (from Anthemis nobilis). The essential oils are fully different in main chemical components - bisabolol oxide A, hamasulene, bisobolol oxide B, alpha-bisabolol, bisabolene oxide for "true chamomille" oil and Amyl Butyrate, Butyl Angelate, Amyl Angelate for Roman Chamomile oil. So the aromatherapy use is different for the two varieties. The taxonomy of Matricaria is controversial and very confused. Several species are classified in Tripleurospermum or Matricaria, depending on the interpretation of the author. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matricaria