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Common Name: chamomile (or German chamomile)
Botanical Name: Matricaria chamomilla
Certified Organic Chamomile Flowers Summary
Although chamomile is well known throughout the world for its gentle nature, don’t let that fool you. This herb is a powerful anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and carminative. It helps calm irritability in a strong and active nervous system. It’s useful for those who feel restless, irritable, or overly sensitive. German chamomile has been known to assist with the following concerns:
- Gum inflammation
- Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
- Sore throats
- Chest colds
- Stomach ulcers
- Chickenpox, colic, and diaper rash
- Minor first-degree burns
- Unable to sleep soundly (and insomnia)
- Psoriasis and eczema
Chamomile Body Uses
Chamomile flowers that so many of us use as a relaxing night time tea also have incredible skin soothing properties. Chamomile tea can be used as a compress (either hot or cold, or even alternating) directly on the skin to fight inflamed and sore muscles. That same compress can be used to help fight puffy eyes. Learn about how to use chamomile in a fomentation from our blog, Scratch Mommy.
Chamomile As Food
Chamomile aids digestion, and is especially good for gas and colicky infants. Since a damaged gut frequently plays a big role in mental health issues, including anxiety, improving digestion is a key piece of the puzzle.
You can drink a cup of chamomile after supper to help with digestion, and to calm your mind before hitting the hay. Try our Calming Catnip (& chamomile!) Herbal Tea Recipe, from our Scratch Mommy Blog.
Precautions: Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family should use caution with chamomile. Infusions should not be used near the eyes. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.