Cozy Up With Chamomile

Feeling a little stressed? Try adding a little chamomile to your day.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita/chamomilla or Chamaemelum nobile) is so soothing inside and out. I love chamomile because besides its many benefits it resembles a daisy and smells like an apple. If you have been stressed out lately, try a cup of chamomile tea.

Chamomile is most known for its ability to help with nervous tension, muscle cramps, skin conditions, digestive upset and inflammation. Egyptians utilized chamomile medicinally, cosmetically and for mummifying. Greeks were known to use chamomile for fevers and gynecological problems. Europeans used chamomile to aid with sleep and dissolve kidney stones and gallstones.

In modern times, chamomile is helpful for indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhea, gastritis, infant colic, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Chamomile is also good for eczema and as a mouthwash can help prevent mouth sores associated with chemotherapy and radiation.

The parts used for herbal remedies are the dried flower heads and oil. Chamomile is prepared as a tea, capsule, tincture and topical. Those with allergies to ragweed should be careful utilizing chamomile.    

This information is intended for personal edification and should not be used in place of professional medical advice.

Stephanie works as an herbalist, naturopath and energy healer. She helps her clients find natural alternatives for their unique health, wellness and skincare needs. Stephanie is a former member of the American Herbalist Guild.

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