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.
|Abdominal cramps||Ulcerative colitis||Indigestion|
|Insomnia||Mouth ulcers||Topically for wound healing, bites, stings.|
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.
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.