Latin names: Matricaria recutita, Chamomilla recutita
Other name: German chamomile
What is Chamomile?
Native to Eastern Europe, but now found almost all over the world, chamomile flower is a very well known herb in the West for remedying sleep issues. It is part of the sunflower family, but this daisy-like flower is much smaller than its familiar cousin. Chamomile is known to help other plants around it survive and even helps to raise the yield from other essential oil plants. Despite this, many farmers consider it a weed, as it grows and spreads so easily.
What are the health benefits of Chamomile?
Chamomile is most often used to promote a deep and restful sleep. Chamomile is also used to lower stress. A specific flavonoid found in chamomile, called chrysin, has been found by studies to reduce anxiety in rodents and is thought to be partially responsible for chamomile’s effectiveness as a sleep aid. Additionally, it is also used to soothe the stomach, easing spasms in the stomach and intestines. This herb is thought to be anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasitic.
What are the guidelines for taking Chamomile?
Chamomile is most often taken as a tea, though can also be found in essential oils, extracts and creams. Though it is commonly available in tea bags, the raw flower is generally best. Take two teaspoons of the dried flower and add to hot water. Cover while it steeps; then drink and enjoy.
Are there any precautions for taking Chamomile?
Caution should be used if you are taking Warfarin (Coumadin) or other blood thinners.
Where can I find Chamomile?
Chamomile can be found in grocery, health food or vitamin stores, online, and at the offices of herbalists.
You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
Emotional Tranquility Tea, which settles the mind and soothes the emotions.
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