The Health Benefits of Chamomile
Chamomile has traditionally
been used to help with relaxation, digestive problems, fever, menstrual discomfort,
stomach ache, and anxiety. It is used to treat insomnia in children because it
is a very mild relaxant and has a pleasant taste.
Chamomile is also a
traditional topical treatment (as a cream)used for its antibacterial properties for eczema, rashes, skin irritations cuts and
scrapes, sore muscles, and burns.
Chamomile can be used for treating:
Insomnia (including children's sleeping difficulties)
Gastritus and digestive problems
Mouthwash for mouth inflammations
Gargle for sore throats
Eye-bath for sore eyes
Rashes and skin irritations
Cuts and scrapes
Side effects and contraindications:
People should avoid chamomile if they are allergic to plants
in the Asteraceae (Compositae) family. Examples include aster,
chrysanthemum, mugwort, ragweed and ragwort. Chamomile tea has been reported to
cause difficulty breathing, anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) and
allergic skin reactions in some individuals. Chamomile eyewash may cause
allergic conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Pregnancy And Breast-Feeding
In theory, chamomile may act as a uterine stimulant or may
cause abortion; it should be avoided during pregnancy. Chamomile is usually not
recommended during breast-feeding, because there is not enough research in this
It is believed that Chamomolie may induce vomiting when consumed in large doses
Volatile oil which includes chamazulene and isadol: mucilage, coumarin,flavone glycosides.
What herbalists say about Chamomile
Herbalists prefer the bitter German chamomile (matricaria recutita) to the sweeter Roman variety. they use chamomile both as a fresh tea and as a tincture for oral consumption and in creams for topical use It is an excellent gentle sedative safe for use with children while externally it will speed wound healing, reduce swelling and reduce irritation.
Traditional Chinese herbalists see Chamomile as having a neutral energy that calms the spirit.
Chamomile tincture dosage
When taking chamomile as a tincture (1:3 herb to alcohol ratio) take 2ml to 4ml three times a day (50% reduction for children between 6 and 12).
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