Chamomile

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Background

Although the whole plant can be used, most products use only the Chamomile flowers.

Chamomile tea is popularly recognised as a soothing nighttime drink that helps you get off to sleep.

Many things contain Chamomile for both internal and external use.

Chamomile has more than 120 components, giving it a wide range of activity.

Uses

Externally, it is used to treat wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, nappy rash, cracked nipples, rheumatic pain, chicken pox and in hair conditioners.

It is used as a mouthwash for infections, swallowed for indigestion, wind, diarrhoea, nausea and travel sickness.

Children are given it for colic, croup and fever.

Dose

Chamomile tea can be taken several times a day, while the normal dose for tablets or capsules is 800 mg taken three times a day.

Creams and ointments can be applied three or four times a day, but be sure to check the Chamomile content before you buy. There should be at least 3% Chamomile for it to be effective.

Safety

Side effects are rare, but there is a possibility of allergic reactions. It can make hay fever worse.

There is a theoretical concern that it could affect anticoagulant therapy.

Chamomile essential oil is used to make a relaxing bath (see Aromatherapy Guide).


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