Chamomile – the doctor of humans and plants
Scientific name – Matricaria chamomila
Chamomile is an herb used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians as an antipyretic and therapeutic for any organic abnormality but mainly for emotional problems such as hysteria. Its action is antispasmodic. When it grows around diseased garden plants, they grow stronger. As time passes, it becomes stale and loses its properties.
- It is antispasmodic nerve sedative in stress, migraines, neuralgia and dizziness
- It is used against insomnia
- It heals wounds
- It is anti-inflammatory
- It stimulates the immune system.
- It has antiseptic and anti-irritant action
- It has anti-infective properties for the stomach and protective action against ulcers.
- It has antipyretic and anti-allergic properties
- It relieves children from the pains of teething
- It is emmenagogue and relieves period pains
- It is useful in gingivitis (and in cold sores) and as an eye wash (in eye pains or in stye)
- It is a natural painkiller for rheumatic pains and in cases of cystitis
- It relieves hemorrhoids, cramps and pain in the ears
Some ways to use
As an infusion, decoction, in the bath
- Consumption of large amounts of chamomile is known to cause digestive or gastrointestinal irritation. That is why it is not recommended for use for more than 3-4 cups a day
- Children under the age of 18 should not consume more than half the adult dose each day.
- Children aged 5 and under should not consume more than half a cup of tea a day.
- Pregnant women can use chamomile to relieve morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, but always within a reasonable usage and with the consent of their doctor.
- People who are allergic to daisies and chrysanthemums may also be allergic to chamomile and should therefore avoid it.
- People with iron deficiency should avoid it.
- Asthma sufferers should avoid it.
- Those taking medication with antidepressants, sedatives, hypnotics, and other related medications should avoid it.
The presentation of herbs is for informational purposes only. Herbs should be consumed with caution and with the consent of the doctor, especially for those who are receiving medical treatment, but also for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children.
Herbs are not drugs, nor should we consume them recklessly. They cannot cure all diseases. Plants should be used in moderation and always on the advice of experts who know better. Before using any herb, it is essential to make sure it is the right one. Misidentification of herbs is often the cause of many side effects.