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Chamomile - Matricaria recutitaThe herb is often used for sleeplessness; anxiety; and gastrointestinal conditions such as upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea.
Chamomile tea is popular for managing mild insomnia. Chamomile is one of the most widely used herbs around the world, and with good reason. Many rely on its comforting support to help resolve irritability and stress throughout the day; others appreciate it as a soothing after-dinner tea or as a relaxing brew right before bed. The fragrant flowers do more than just calm upset stomach and nerves though. Current research shows Chamomile’s therapeutic compounds ease muscular and menstrual cramps; enhance the body’s natural resistance, support upper respiratory function, and more!
The flowering tops of the chamomile plant are used to make teas, liquid extracts, capsules, or tablets. The herb can also be applied to the skin as a cream or an ointment, or used as a mouth rinse.
Historically revered for its soothing effects both externally and internally on virtually every major system, modern research shows chamomile can deliver a satisfying sleep even during periods of occasional stress.
Chrysin, a specific flavonoid found in chamomile, has been shown to be anxiolytic in rodents and is believed to be at least partially responsible for chamomile's reputation as a sleep aid.
German Chamomile ("Blue Chamomile") Oil has a sweet, warm herbaceous scent. This is a very soothing oil that helps ease anxiety. It is also known for its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. Use as a massage on minor sore muscles or as a cold compress.
Chamomile is one of the oldest favourites amongst garden herbs and its reputation as a medicinal plant shows little signs of abatement. The Egyptians reverenced it for its virtues, and from their belief in its power to cure ague, dedicated it to their gods. No plant was better known to the country folk of old, it having been grown for centuries in English gardens for its use as a common domestic medicine to such an extent that the old herbals agree that 'it is but lost time and labour to describe it.'
Cautions for ChamomileChamomile should be avoided by people with allergies to ragweed, aster, chrysanthemums, or mugwort pollen.