Allergy Resources Kofi Shop Advert


Key Allergens

Camomile (chamomile is the American spelling) is a daisy- like plant often used in traditional medicines and teas.

Camomile is in the Asteraceae family of plants which includes artichokes, marigolds and daisies. The most allergenic plants in this family are lettuce and sunflowers.

Contact reactions linked to camomile have been linked to nobilin (Sweet chamomile) and desacetylmatricarin (German chamomile). Both are sesquiterpene lactones and are commonly used in cosmetics. These are the most likely culprit for allergic contact dermatitis reactions to camomile.

Camomile is in the same family of flowers as mugwort and as a result is linked to Celery Mugwort Spice Syndrome, which is similar in it's symptoms as Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome. Instead of being sensitised by Bet v proteins which are PR-10 (pathogenesis-related) proteins this group of foods are all defensin protein linked foods.

Food Intolerances

Food is high in FODMAP Food is low in salicylates

Camomile is a high FODMAP food. FODMAP stands for Fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. Foods high in FODMAPs can cause symptoms of food intolerance, affecting the gastro intestinal system which can be mistaken for a true IgE food allergy.

Camomile is a food low in salicylates. Salicylates have the potential to cause worsening of asthma, swelling, itching and hives as well as food intolerance symptoms in people who are sensitive to salicylates.

You can read more about Food Intolerances on the dedicated Food Intolerance Page.

Associated Syndromes

You may have Celery Mugwort Spice Syndrome if you suffer from camomile allergy with oral allergy symptoms to 3 or more of the foods mentioned in cross reactivity section.

As a pollen camomile has been known to induce asthma and cause allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis.

Cross Reactivity

If sensited to mugwort pollen you may have Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome and may also react to celery, carrots, dill, parsley, fennel, coriander, cumin, and sunflower seeds.

Defensin proteins are also found in celery, mango, peanut, sunflower seeds and fresh wasabi.

Food lists are not exhaustive, the most up to date information is on the Cross Reactivity Tool.



Science Direct - Sesquiterpene lactones

Allergen Encyclopedia - Camomile

Allergy information for: Camomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

NCCIH - Chamomile

Healthline - FODMAP 101

DermNet NZ - Chamomile

Articles and Journals

The Role of Nutraceutical Supplements in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Mini Review, 2024

The Role of Defensins as Pollen and Food Allergens, 2023

Allergic contact dermatitis from essential oil in consumer products: Mode of uses and value of patch-tests with an essential oil series. Results of a French study of the DAG (dermato-allergy group of the French Society of Dermatology). 2023

Anaphylaxis to bee products: About 32 cases reported to the French Allergy-Vigilance Network, 2022

Anaphylatic reaction after chamomile tea consumption, 2021

Severe Airborne Allergic Contact Dermatitis From the Invasive Species Oncosiphon piluliferum (Globe Chamomile), 2021

Asteraceae species as potential environmental factors of allergy, 2019

Anaphylactic reaction to camomile tea, 2018

A survey of plants responsible for causing allergic contact dermatitis in the Amathole District, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 2015

Clinical cross-reactivity between Artemisia vulgaris and Matricaria chamomilla (chamomile), 2001

Anaphylaxis to camomile: clinical features and allergen cross-reactivity, 2000

Allergy to foods in patients monosensitized to Artemisia pollen, 1996

Allergy to natural honeys and camomile tea 1995

Allergic conjunctivitis to chamomile tea, 1990

Let me know if you found any of these interesting or useful. If you spot an article or research that you think is interesting you can message me or tag me on Facebook or Twitter - links at the bottom of the page.

Original Website Design by Jemma Dalton - © Allergy Resources. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy

Follow Us