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Chamomile Uses, Health Benefits, Side Effects

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What is Chamomile Chamomile is a perennial herb that is popularly prepared as tea to treat anxiety and sleep disorder...(more)

Chamomile Herbal Preparation Prepared as tea by mixing 2 tablespoon of dried chamomile flower in a cup of boiling water daily....(more)
Chamomile

Chamomile used in medicine. Used to treat sleep disorder, insomnia, anxiety, stomach problems and others...(more)

Chamomile use, side effects and warnings. Chamomile is generally safe to use but may cause allergic reactions for sensitive poeple....(more)

 


What is Chamomile

Scientific Names: Matricaria chamomilla L., Anthemis nobilis. Chamaemelum nobile (L.). Family: Compositae (Asteraceae)

Common Names: chamomile, chamomilla, genuine chamomile, chamomile common chamomile.

chamomile dried flowersChamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L) is an annual herb found in Europe, North Africa and northern Asia. Chamomile comes from the Greek words chamos meaning ground and milos meaning apple. Chamomile scent is like that of an apple and grows about a foot from the ground and so comes the name. Chamomile has long been used since ancient times for its medicinal and health benefits. Chamomile is used to treat sleep disorders, digestive problems, pain reliever and many others.

Chamomile is a daisy like plant that creeps along roadsides and fields. Chamomile produces a furrowed and branching stem with pale green leaves that are divided into thread-like segments. Chamomile flowers bloom in late summer singly in an erect stalk. The flowers are similar to daisies with white outer ray florets and yellow disk centers. Chamomile bears small dry fruits.

 


Chamomile, herbal medicine - Health Benefits

Chamomile used to treat anxiety and insomnia

Chamomile has long been used as sedative to counter anxiety and to promote sleepiness even in ancient times. Modern day clinical studies have confirmed this health benefit from Chamomile in a randomized clinical sampling done to treat anxiety in people. The study showed that people who take chamomile capsules has reduced symptoms of anxiety as compared to those who took placebo. In a study done on rats, higher doses of chamomile extract have been found to induce sleep.

Chamomile as anti-allergy

Another known health benefit from chamomile is its anti-allergy action. In a clinical study done on mice that are subjected to itch-scratch compound showed that the mice that were administered with German chamomile showed less symptoms as compared with those that weren’t given chamomile

Chamomile to treat digestive problems

Chamomile is traditionally used to treat digestive related problems including irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, colic, diarrhea, and gas. Chamomile acts as a relaxant for the stomach muscles including the smooth intestines. Chamomile is usually used in combination with other herbs.

Chamomile as anti-microbial

Chamomile extract are also used as ingredient for ointments, creams, and gels that are used to treat skin irritations. Chamomile is believed to have anti-microbial and anti-bacterial action that is good for treating wounds, eczema, burns, diaper rash bed sores and hemorrhoids.

Chamomile as anti-inflammatory

Chamomile is also known to have anti-inflammatory action. In a study conducted on 14 people who were given chamomile tea. Test results of urine sample indicated an increased secretion of hippurate and glycine that is known to be anti-inflammatory substances.

Other folkloric health benefits from Chamomile
  • Taken as tea for lumbago and rheumatic problems
  • Chamomile vapors are inhaled to treat colds and asthma attacks.
  • Chamomile tea taken to relieve morning sickness such as in pregnancy,
  • Chamomile is believed to aid digestion if taken after meals.
  • Chamomile extract applied topically aids and speeds up healing of wounds, burns and skin sores,
  • Soothes itchiness and inflammation including eczema, skin rashes and sunburns,
  • Cold compress of chamomile extract are used to soothe eye inflammation and irritation.
  • Chamomile tea or chamomile extract mixed in warm baths relieves restlessness, promotes relaxation and induce sleepiness for people suffering from insomnia.
  • Chamomile tea is taken to facilitate bowel movement,
  • Chamomile tea is used as gargle to treat moth sores and gingivitis
  • Taking chamomile tea is believed to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus thereby easing discomfort associated with menstruation.

 


Chamomile, availability, Dosage and use

chamomile teaChamomile tea.

Add 2 tablespoon of dried chamomile flower for every 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Take 3 to 4 cups per day between meals.

Chamomile Extract

Taken 1:1 in 45% alcohol, Used 3 to 4 times daily

Chamomile Tincture

Taken 1:5 in alcohol, 3 to 4 times daily.

Chamomile capsules

Taken 3 to 4 times daily or as directed.

 


Chamomile use cautions, Side Effects

Chamomile is safe to use in moderation. However, chamomile may cause allergic reaction for people who are sensitive and has known allergic reaction to ragweed, chrysanthemum and other plants in compositae family.

Warning

Can cause allergic reactions to sensitive people.
Not recommended for pregnant and lactating mothers
May cause blood thinning, do not use if taking blood thinning medications or supplements
May cause bleeding, not for use before or after major surgery.
Not recommended for people with bleeding disorders.

 


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