Chamomile: An Herbal Remedy for Everyone

Chamomilla suaveolens, Gryfino, NW Poland
Chamomilla suaveolens, Gryfino, NW Poland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As a child I can remember my mom growing chamomile and eating it right out of the garden. At the time I really knew nothing about what chamomile was or why my mom grew it. Now I am aware of all the things chamomile can do, for instance chamomile is a great remedy for emotional issues that involve tension, stress or anxiety. Chamomile is also one of the herbs that are safe to use while pregnant or to give to children because it is so gentle.  Children can be given chamomile for mild diarrhea. In pregnancy, chamomile is helpful for dealing with nausea & morning sickness. Chamomile tea is also an aide for digestion.  Chamomile is also used in support of treatment for more serious conditions like heart disease, ulcers, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. (http:www.anniesremedy.com/chart_remedy.php?rem_ID=313)

To make an infusion of chamomile (also known as chamomile tea) use dried organic bulk flowers. Chamomile is a pretty common herb so it should not be difficult to find. Making an infusion is quite simple as well; all that is required is boiling water, the herb and perhaps some sweetener depending on how bitter the herb may be. It is recommended that one to two teaspoons of chamomile be used for the infusion and it can be taken up to three times per day.

Chamomile is considered to be sedative, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. Studies conducted with animals have shown anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antidiuretic and sedative attributed to the volatile components. The sesquiterpenoids may give chamomile an anti-tumor effect and the volatile oil has antimicrobial properties. (Van Wyk & Wink, 2004).

Chamomile Infusion

1-2 tsp. dried organic chamomile flowers
Boiling water
Sweetener if desired (I recommend stevia)

For a strong bitter infusion to help digestion:
Steep chamomile 20+ min

For a gentle, relaxing infusion:
Steep chamomile 5-10 min
To increase effectiveness: add ginger to infusion

Strain plant material

Sweeten if desired

Enjoy!

References

Van Wyk, B. & Wink, M. (2004). Medicinal plants of the World. London: Timber Press, Inc.

Annie’s remedy. (2011). Http://www.anniesremedy.com/chart_remedy.php?rem_ID=313

4 thoughts on “Chamomile: An Herbal Remedy for Everyone

  1. Janet Loomis Reply

    These are the most interesting posts! I’m learning something new with each one. Thank you for gathering up and sharing so much valuable and interesting information with us.

    • Ellice Campbell Post authorReply

      My pleasure! If there is anything your are wondering about or that you need clarified let me know I’m happy to help 🙂

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