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Chamomile

Chamomile

 

Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, is native to Europe and western Asia. German chamomile is the most commonly used. The dried and fresh flowers are used medicinally. Chamomile has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant, mostly for gastrointestinal complaints. This practice continues today.

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Chamomile has calming and soothing properties. It is used for nervousness, headaches, anxiety, and hysteria. It is also beneficial for colds and flu. Its antispasmodic properties (See herbal fact at the bottom of this page.) benefit cramps and spasms, probably due to the easily digestible form of calcium found in it. One tablespoon steeped in a covered cup of boiling water with two slices of fresh ginger is reported to be a very effective treatment for menstrual cramps and other pains and spasms. Chamomile is frequently used for digestive complaints and taken regularly will gently regulate the bowels. The same tea may be used for minor digestive problems such as acid indigestion and gas, weak stomach, stomach pains, lack of appetite, and colic pain. It is also effective against intestinal parasites, like worms. Chamomile has tonic, diaphoretic (causes sweating), and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties.

Chamomile is a slightly bitter herb that helps soothe nerves, increase mental awareness, settle the stomach and promote digestion. It is used as a tea to calm hyperactive children, menstrual cramps, and asthma. It is a diuretic and has been used for b ladder problems. It helps with fevers, colds, headaches, insomnia, rheumatism, relieving gas and expelling worms. Chamomile is good for the liver and lungs and helps reduce jaundice, swelling, and ease withdrawal from drugs. It acts as a mild laxative and can bring on menses. It is good for crying; whining babies and helps soothe the pain of teething. Chamomile can be used as a mouthwash for gingivitis and externally for inflammation.

 

 

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