Mayweed (Anthemis cotula)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mayweed
Anthemis cotula
Compositae

The growing and the dried plant is said to repel mice and fleas[4, 20], it can also be used as an insecticide[21, 61, 100].

A gold dye is obtained from the whole plant[168, 169].

  • Medicinal Use

    Mayweed is closely related to camomile, but is far less effective as a medicine[254]. It has been used as an antispasmodic and to induce menstruation and was traditionally used to treat supposedly hysterical conditions related to the uterus[254]. It is rarely used in contemporary herbal medicine[254].

    The whole plant is antispasmodic, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, emmenagogue and tonic[4, 61]. It is used internally as a tea, which can be made either from the flowers or the whole plant, though the flowers are less unpleasant and so are more commonly used[4]. An infusion is used in the treatment of a variety of complaints such as rheumatism, epilepsy, asthma, colds and fevers[257]. Applied externally, it is used as a poultice on piles or to draw splinters out of the body, and can also be applied to the bath water[4, 257].

    The leaves are rubbed onto insect stings[222]. Some people are allergic to the plant and this remedy could give them painful blisters[240].

    This herb is contraindicated for pregnant women or nursing mothers[254].

  • Edible Use

    The herb is used as a flavouring in Peru[183]. It is aromatic. Caution is advised, there are some reports of toxicity.

    A herb tea is made from the flowers in a similar way to camomile tea[183] and it has a similar though weaker effect medicinally[4]. The odour is not very pleasant and so it is not commonly used[4].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The whole plant is penetrated by an acrid juice, touching or ingesting the plant can cause allergies in some people[4, 222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown outdoors as soon as it is ripe. Most of the seed germinates in the autumn.
Prefers a sunny position and a well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly acid[1, 200]. Succeeds in heavy clay soils. Bees dislike this plant[4]. The leaves contain glands which release a most disagreeable odour when the plant is handled and can cause allergic reactions in people.
Most of Europe, including Britain, east to N. and W. Asia.

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