Chamomile matricaria chamomilla
Tea, bath, compress, poultice
Anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, vulnerary, anti-microbial, mild sedative, carminative, decongestant.
Headaches, anxiety, stomach upset, insomnia, muscle tension, pain relief, flatulence
Avoid if you are on certain medication. Some people may experience allergies to this tea.
Camomile (British English) or chamomile (American English) is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. With a pleasant, flower taste, camomile tea has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years and is one of the many herbs included in German pharmacies. It can be found growing wild in the British countryside, however, German camomile is most commonly used for herbal purposes.
Drunk as a tea camomile has many uses. It is soothing to the digestive tract and can help with flatulent or nervous dyspepsia and travel sickness, nausea and general upset stomachs. A mild sedative it can help with restlessness and mild sleeplessness; it can relieve spasmodic pain as you would find in injuries; can help with nasal catarrh and can help to relieve stress headaches. Used externally in a bath/compress or similar for haemorrhoids, leg ulcers, mastitis, skin irritations (including eczema) and to relieve muscular tension. It also has been proven to relieve anxiety.
If you are on blood thinning medication, sedative medication, diabetic medication you should avoid this herb. If you have an allergy to the compositae, or daisy family or other plant allergies you may experience a reaction to this herb.
Making a cup of this tea is easy. It is ready within 5 minutes after pouring boiled water onto the flowers. Use a French presse cafetiere, tea pot or tea-ball style.