German Chamomile, also known as Matricaria recutita, is a part of the Aster family (Asteraceae). The way I grew up knowing her was by calling her Manzanilla, the little apple. Why? Because she was often described as her flower smelling like an apple, or the tea tasting like a green apple. But what causes this flower to have the scent and smell of an apple?
Upon studying the components of German Chamomile for a case study, my goal was to look for the therapeutic properties of the essential oil. What I found was that one of the components of this magnificent flower is trans-B-farnesene. Although I could not find the therapeutic properties connected to this acyclic sesquiterpene alkene, this component serves a different olfactory purpose.
What was interesting is that trans-B-farnesene is also found in green apple and the scent of green apple. The green apple and German Chamomile have the same scent because of trans-B-farnesene! Sometimes, looking up components for their therapeutic properties may lead you to not finding one, but leading you to the connection she has to another fruit of a plant, like green apple.
I love Nature, don’t you?
Christina Grossman MA, CA, CH
Ethan B. Russo, Jahan Marcu, in Advances in Pharmacology, 2017
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