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Chamomile, an effective herbal medicine to soothe and calm

Where does Chamomile come from?

Chamomile is actually two herbs - Roman chamomile and German chamomile, the latter being the most popular.

Chamomile comes from the dried daisy-like flowers of the Matricaria recutita plant and has been used for centuries for gastro-intestinal complaints.

The ancient Egyptians dedicated Chamomile to the sun because of its healing properties and today Chamomile is used as an herbal treatment for nervous conditions and is also used as an anti-inflammatory.

Chamomile is one of the most popular herbal remedies in modern times, so much so that Chamomile tea can be found in your local supermarket.

How can Chamomile help me?

Chamomile can be used to treat various ailments and benefits the body both internally and externally.

Drinking Chamomile tea can calm digestive upsets and relieve anxiety. Used externally, it calms and soothes skin rashes and sores.

Animal studies have shown that Chamomile has a mildly sedating effect, but more important, it calms the entire body, making it easier for you to fall asleep.

This herbal medicine has an anti-inflammatory effect on the muscles that line the digestive tract, helping to ease gastro-intestinal complaints. Chamomile has also been used by herbalists to help heal stomach ulcers.

Chamomile essential oil has been used for centuries to help reduce the time that it takes for burn wounds to heal. Adding Chamomile oil to bathwater can relieve the pain and inflammation associated with sunburn.

Women can use Chamomile to assist in killing the fungi that cause vaginal infections and drinking Chamomile tea can help alleviate menstrual cramps and discomfort.

Cold Chamomile tea can be used as an eyewash, helping to treat the redness and irritation of conjunctivitis and other eye inflammations.

Chamomile tea can be used as a mouth wash, assisting to heal mouth ulcers and preventing gum disease.

The dried flowers of the Chamomile plant can be placed throughout your home to act as a natural insect repellant.

Chamomile cream can be applied topically as an anti-inflammatory, relieving rheumatism, arthritis, and other painful swellings.

If I am already on medicine, what are the interactions or side-effects I need to know about when using Chamomile?

Please consult your medical practitioner prior to using any herbal medications should you be under their care.

Although very rare, allergic reactions to Chamomile have been reported. These include allergic skin reactions with topical use and with internal use, bronchial constriction.

People with allergies to the plants aster and chrysanthemum should avoid using Chamomile.

Nausea and vomiting have been reported in people using doses higher than recommended by health care professionals.

Chamomile is gentle enough to be used long-term. This herbal remedy can safely be used with prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as with other herbal medicines.

Used at the recommended doses, Chamomile is safe for pregnant women and children.

How do I use Chamomile?

To make a cup of Chamomile tea, pour hot (not boiling) water over two teaspoons of dried flowers and steep for five minutes and strain. Drink up to three cups daily or one cup just before bedtime.

If using Chamomile tea as an eyewash, make sure that is has cooled properly and that you keep it in a sterilized container.

Mix a few drops of Chamomile oil and almond oil with aqueous cream and use as a topical treatment for minor burns and skin rashes.

Whilst running your bathwater, add a few drops of Chamomile oil to relieve sunburn, skin rashes and eczema.

Chamomile is available in pill and tincture form at your local health store.

Try growing your own Chamomile in your garden by tearing open a bag of tea and sprinkling its contents on the soil.

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