Chamomile

(Matricaria recutita)

Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, is native to Europe and western Asia. The dried and fresh flowers of German chamomile are most commonly used medicinally.

Chamomile has been used for centuries in Europe as a medicinal plant, mostly for gastro-intestinal complaints. This practice continues today.

What it does

Chamomile flowers contain volatile oils, the most important of them being proazulenes, alpha-bisabolol and spiroether, together with bioflavanoids and quercetin. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic and has a calming influence on the nervous system. The reported pain reducing activity of chamomile appears to be achieved through the local action of volatile oils acting on prostaglandin release.

Potential Uses

IBS Peptic ulcer Diverticulitis
Abdominal cramps Ulcerative colitis Indigestion
Gastritis Nervous tension Anxiety
Insomnia Mouth ulcers Topically for wound healing, bites, stings.

Other information

Chamomile tea can be safely given to children with headaches, temperatures, restlessness or nervous tummy. It’s calming action means is had a gentle sedative effect and so is usefull to relieve nervous tension.

Cautions

Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using chamomile.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with chamomile.

 

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