Scientific Name: Matricaria recutita. Other chamomiles, i.e. Anthemis sp., have similar properties and can be used interchangeably.
Properties: Good anti-inflammatory. Sedative. Do not underestimate this herb!
Preparation: 1teaspoon to 1Tablespoon per cup water as needed. My teacher told me it would get bitter if steeped longer, but not necessarily stronger. The entire above ground portion of the plant can be used.
Actions and Uses:
Stimulates digestion and relaxes stomach muscles. It lowers flatulence and is good with gastritis after heavy drinking. It is an extremely nice anti-inflammatory for the stomach and duodenum. Can be used as an enema for colitis. Use five to fifteen cups of tea a day to get rid of ulcers.
Chamomile calms the mind and may help some fall asleep. Excellent for calming children and colicky babies. It is good for light to moderate pain, but don’t expect dramatic short term effects.
This is the best remedy for swollen eyes. Use chamomile tea bags as a poultice directly on the eyes.
Can also be used topically to reduce inflammation and associated pain.
Contraindications: May be a uterine stimulant.
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