Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita
) is an annual flowering plant that produces numerous terminate, daisy-like flowers on each of it's stems. Chamomile is known for calming abilities and anti-inflammatory properties. The plant's healing properties come from its daisy-like flowers, which contain volatile oils (including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin) as well as flavonoids (particularly a compound called apigenin).
Chicken owner bloggers report that many use chamomile flowers in their nestboxes, for its use as a form of aromatherapy, repellent of rodents, and antibacterial properties.
Promoting Good Health and First Aid Uses
Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily Blog recommends the use of chamomile as a digestive aid, eye health, and for relaxation. She provides several recipes for its use to aid in promotion of good health in chickens