Chamomile

ChamomileMatricaria recutita

Part used: Flower

Energetics: Neutral to cool, slightly bitter, sweet

Actions: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, mild sedative, cholagogue, bitter tonic (digestive), antispasmodic, spasmolytic, carminative, mild sudorific, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, antiulcer, relaxant, antiallergic, anticatarrhal

 

 

 

 

 

Indications:

  • Symptomatic treatment of gastrointestinal complaints such as bloating, minor spasms, dyspepsia, impaired digestion, colitis, colic, diverticulitis, constipation (children), Crohn’s disease, infantile colic and flatulence.
  • Gastric and duodenal ulcers
  • Adjuvant in the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract including irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal spasms.
  • Anxiety, restlessness, sleep disorders and mild cases of insomnia due to nervous disorders.
  • Menopausal tension
  • Teething problems in children
  • Migraine
  • Vertigo
  • Travel sickness
  • Morning sickness, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea
  • Asthma
  • Relief of symptoms of the common cold, hayfever, sinusitis, bronchitis, nasal congestion
  • To relieve eye strain
  • Urinary infections
  • Diarrhoea
  • External use: Minor inflammation and irritations of the skin and mucosa (superficial wounds, skin cracks, eczema, bruises, small boils, sunburn, frostbite and insect bites) including irritations, infections and minor ulcers of the mouth, gums and throat, and haemorrhoids.
  • Inhalation: Symptomatic relief of irritations of the respiratory tract due to the common cold.

Chamomile is a widely recognised herb in Western culture and often referred to as the ‘star among medicinal species’. Its medicinal usage dates back to antiquity where such notables as early Greek botanists/physicians Hippocrates (5th century BCE), Dioscorides (1st century CE) and the Roman physician Galen (2nd century CE) made written reference to it. Anglo-Saxons classed this herb as one of nine sacred herbs given to humans by the Lord. Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman medicine texts contain descriptions of using chamomile as a calming tisane (herbal tea infusion) and for treating erythema (superficial reddening of the skin) and xerosis (abnormally dry skin) caused by dry weather. In Slovakia a person was supposed to bow to chamomile plants when he or she encountered them. Several doctors from the 16th and 17th centuries suggest that chamomile was used in those times in intermittent fevers. The Unani system of medicine, which is practiced on the Indian subcontinent and in Sri Lanka, uses chamomile (called Gul-e-Babuna) by itself or in combination with other herbs for the following conditions: headache, gonorrhoea, conjunctivitis, chest pain, renal calculi (kidney stones), vesical calculi (bladder stones), general debility, hysteria, dyspepsia and fever [1] .

Chamomile is used in our Chakra, Chamomile, Digestive, Peaceful and Restful Tea