The Akarkara is a mysterious medicinal plant native to the Mediterranean, Arabia and the Caucasus. In Central Europe it is only cultivated.
Its shape is similar to camomile, but it is a pungent tasting plant. The stems grow partly along the ground before they rise into the vertical. Each stem bears a flower with a yellow capitulum and white ray florets. The airy leaves are pinnately notched.
Pellitory, spanish chamomile, mount Atlas daisy.
Used plant parts
Root & Seed.
Pellitorin, pyrethrin, essential oils, inulin, tanning agents, defensive sugar compound.
The akarkara is recommended for its digestive and cleaning effects. It is also appreciated for its help against lung problems, heart problems and stomach problems.
Main use: Digestion.
- Skin irritation
- Heart condition
- Lung disease
- Stomach stimulating
Forms of preparation
The akarkara root is mostly used as a powder. But also as a normal tea, tincture and in ointments the sharp akarkara can be used.
|Mount Atlas daisy|
Anthemis pyrethrum L.
Anacyclus pyrethrum, the pellitory, Spanish chamomile, Mount Atlas daisy, or Akarkara, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family Asteraceae. It is native to Mediterranean Europe and parts of North Africa, but also naturalised in other parts of Europe, India and Pakistan. This herbaceous perennial resembles chamomile species in habitat and appearance.