Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the world. This member of the daisy family is native to Europe, north Africa and some parts of Asia, and is cultivated elsewhere. The dried flowers are used to brew a tea renowned for soothing frayed nerves or an upset stomach.
Common name: Chamomile
Scientific Name: Matricaria chamomilla (German)
- Part Used: flowers, herb
- Energetics: bitter, pungent/cooling/pungent
- Tissues: plasma, blood, muscles, marrow and nerve
- Systems: respiratory, digestive, nervous
- Actions: diaphoretic, carminative, nervine, antispasmodic, analgesicIndications: headaches, indigestion, digestive and nervous problems of children, colic, eye innflammations, jaundice, dymenorrhea, amenorrhea
- Precautions: large doses are emetic and may aggravate Vata
- Usages: Chamomile was described in ancient medical writings and was an important medicinal herb in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Today, chamomile is used as a dietary supplement for sleeplessness, anxiety, and digestive issues. It is also used topically for skin conditions and for mouth sores resulting from cancer treatment. The flowering tops of the chamomile plant are used to make teas, liquid extracts, capsules, or tablets. The herb can also be applied to the skin as a poultice, cream or an ointment, or used as a mouth rinse. Combine chamomile with hibiscus for a cooling and purifying tea elixir. Add a little fresh ginger for a completely balanced beverage and counters any emetic effect it might have.
- Preparation: Tea, tincture, bath
Caffeine free. Organic. Kosher.