Latin name: Matricaria chamomilla
Health Benefits of Chamomile Flowers
Chamomile Flowers can be used internally or externally to treat a myriad of ailments. It is one of the best all-around children's herbs and is really quite versatile. Health benefits include:
- Is a great sedative and relaxant. It helps settle the stomach and calm the nerves, and is an excellent nervine for children.
- Used to treat colic, stress, and stomach disorders, especially in children.
- Can be added to bath water to ease pain and itching from skin irritations such as eczema.
- It has great anti-inflammatory properties that can help with ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and colitis.
- Other uses include regulating menstrual flow, inducing perspiration, relieving symptoms from drug and smoking withdrawal, relieving nausea and vomiting, relieving bronchitis, urinary tract infections, headaches, and menstrual cramps.
- Useful in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms.
- Helps to improve appetite.
Nutritional Benefits of Chamomile Flowers
- One of the best herbal sources of niacin, magnesium, and essential fatty acids.
How to Use Chamomile Flowers
- When used internally, taken in tinctures or tea combinations most commonly. It has a delicious apple flavor!
- When used externally, added to bath water.
Cautions and Side Effects of Chamomile Flowers
- If pregnant, use caution as too much chamomile can cause spontaneous abortion. Chamomile is fine in small, weak doses, such as a diluted tea. Just do not overdo.
- Use caution if you have an allergy to ragweed, as chamomile may aggravate the symptoms from these ailments.
- Should not be taken with other sedatives as in can increase the effect.
- Can interfere with blood clotting so do not use in correlation with aspirin or other drugs that have anti-coagulating properties.