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Chamaemelum Nobile (commonly known as Chamomile, Roman Chamomile or English Chamomile, among others) is a low perennial plant cultivated in Europe, North America, and Argentina.
Chamomile has been used for centuries and it can be used internally or externally. This natural ingredient is antiseptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic.
Chamomile also can help with stress, as it has relaxing properties. Chamomile is an excellent choice for those with ulcers or other problems aggravated by anxiety.
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Also, Chamomile is an antimicrobial agent, so you can drink chamomile tea combined with other antimicrobials, such as thyme, or echinacea to treat internal infections. You can also use chamomile externally to treat infections and inflammations.
- In general, chamomile is harmless and most people tolerate it well, but it can cause allergic reactions in some cases (especially in people with strong allergies to some plants such as daisies, ragweed, and asters).
- Furthermore, it is not recommended for use during pregnancy because it can cause uterine contractions and miscarriage, so be careful and see your doctor before treating yourself any symptom or condition.
However, there are many symptoms and conditions that this medicinal herb can treat. Mainly, chamomile:
- relieves Headache, restlessness, teething problems, allergies, colic in children, nausea, heartburn, stress-related flatulence, menstrual cramps, lumbago, rheumatic problems, rashes (as a tea), hemorrhoids and wounds (as a slave),
- eases cold symptoms and asthma (as a vapor),
- helps in digestion (as a tea, after meals),
- speeds healing of wounds, burns, and mouth sores,
- prevent gum disease (when using as a mouthwash),
- reduces inflammation,
- can treat skin problems, gastritis and gastroenteritis, diverticular disease, irritable bowel problems, and eye inflammation and infection (it helps to soothe irritated eyes and helps to treat conjunctivitis when applied in a compress),
- and provides general relaxation, relieves stress, and controls insomnia.
1. Chamomile tea
- 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers.
- 1 cup water.
- Boil the water and steep the chamomile flowers in it for 15 minutes. Drink ½ cup up to 5 times a day if you suffer from digestive problems. You can use this tea topically for any skin problem, infection or inflammation.
- For nervous conditions, you can combine chamomile with equal parts of passionflower or oats.
2. Chamomile bath for eczema, bug bites, or diaper rash (children)
- 4 tablespoon chamomile flowers.
- ½ cup oatmeal.
- 1 knee-high stocking.
- Put the chamomile the oatmeal in a knee-high stocking.
- Tie the open end of the stocking with a rubber band.
- Place the filled stocking under the spigot and fill the tub.
- Bath your children as usual. Remove the herb-filled stocking before letting the water down the drain.