Herbal Healing Inc. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Parts used

Flower

Properties

Alterative, anodyne, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, nervine, sedative

Primary nutrients

Calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, silicon, tryptophan, vitamins A, C, F and B-complex, zinc

European countries have used chamomile for its healing benefits in treating digestive problems and as a sedative, for colic in infants and for vomiting because of its antispasmodic properties.

Chamomile is one of the best-known herbs around and is good to have on hand for emergencies. Its sedative qualities are helpful for nervousness and cramps. Chamomile tea is often used to help calm the nerves and reduce stress. A volatile oil compound in chamomile is thought to be responsible for its mild sedative effects. It is also known to be a safe and mild sedative to induce sleep.

One of the most common used of chamomile is to aid digestion. Recent research has found chamomile to contain properties that aid digestion and relieve indigestion. It works by relaxing and calming the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract. It actually works as an antispasmodic in relaxing the digestive tract. It is also effective for treating colitis, as well as being used externally for hair, skin and inflammation. Chamomile contains a natural hormone similar to thyroxine that helps strengthen the hair and skin. Research done in Germany has also found anti-inflammatory properties in chamomile for skin ailments. It helped reduce redness, selling and inflammation. This may aid conditions such as burn, wounds, eczema, allergic reactions and other skin problems.

Chamomile can help cleanse the liver and promote natural hormones.

Primary Applications

Abscesses
Appetite, loss
Circulation, poor
Fevers
Insomnia
Muscle pain
Alcoholism
Bronchitis
Cramps, menstrual
Flu
Menstruation
Nervousness

Secondary Applications

Colic
Constipation
Diarrhea
Drugs, withdrawal
Gallstones
Headaches
Jaundice
Measles
Pain
Stomach, upset
Throat, sore
Air pollution, effects of
Asthma
Colds
Colitis
Coughs
Edema
Eye, sore
Gas
Indigestion
Kidney problems
Mucus, excessive
Spasms
Teething
Anxiety
Childhood diseases

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