Notes: Historically Chamomile has been considered a soothing, calming herb that relieves inflammation, acidity and cramps, soothes gastritis, hiatus hernia, peptic ulceration, wind, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome and colic.
Chamomile tincture is used to treat digestive problems connected with nervous tension. Chamomile helps to induce relaxation, calms the temperament and soothes irritable skin symptoms. Chamomile suits a fretful and over-excitable temperament and is a nice remedy for young children. Chamomile’s muscle-relaxant properties have been used in menstrual cramps.
Botanical name: Chamomilla recutita – matricaria chamomilla
Common names: German Chamomile:
Related species: Chamomile Roman – Anthemis Nobile/Chamaemelum nobile:
Habitat: An annual sweet-smelling wildflower that is native to Europe and cultivated throughout the world.
Parts used: Flowers
Tincture Strength: 1:3: 25% vol.alc.
Dose: 3mls in water 3 x daily
History: Dioscorides, a 1st Century physician praised Chamomile for its wide range of usefulness:
Science: Chamomile cream proved effective for wound healing in trials in 1987: A 1993 trial using Chamomile with other herbs proved effective for calming baby colic: The essential oils of Chamomile contain compounds called Azulenes which are anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-allergenic.