Chamomile, The Lady of The House


German chamomile, Chamomilla recutita or Matricaria chamomilla.  A member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family, chamomile is native to Western Europe and Northern Africa, it is now grown in temperate regions around the world due to its healing properties and popularity.

Considered by many “The Lady of The House” for its long history of goodness and its many benefits, Chamomile is a valuable herb, whose flowers can be used fresh or dried.

Known as a powerful, disease-fighting herb with almost no side effects, Chamomile has been recognized and trusted for millennia; its essential antioxidants are found in the plant’s powerful and effective oils.

No wonder the Egyptians worshiped it, the Romans spread it all over their conquered world, and the pilgrims brought it to America.

Chamomile is advised for the conditions below, however, for specific instructions in each instance, please visit our maladies section, as what could be recommended varies from teas to tinctures; from powders to extracts and more:

  • anxiety and depression
  • seasonal allergies
  • inflammatory conditions, helping reduce pain and swelling
  • muscle spasms
  • PMS symptoms
  • menstrual disorders
  • insomnia
  • ulcers
  • wounds
  • healthier skin, hair, nails
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • arthritis and rheumatic pain
  • hemorrhoids
  • enhance immune function
  • healthier teeth and eyes
  • youthful appearance
  • longevity
  • migraine

BE CAREFUL AND/OR CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN IF:  You are pregnant or have a hormone sensitive condition as it might act as estrogen.  If you suffer seasonal allergy symptoms or are allergic to any plant in the Asteraceae family. If you experience sneezing, drowsiness, itching, and respiratory issues stop its usage immediately

ALWAYS ASK YOUR PHYSICIAN before taking chamomile if you are taking contraceptives or medication to treat any type of infection, HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, heartburn, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, migraine headaches, autoimmune disorders including psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis or a psychiatric disorder.

Chamomile contains coumarin, an anticoagulant or blood thinner.  It should not be combined with medications or supplements that have the same effect nor should be used by people with bleeding disorders unless their physician expressly says so.

Stop taking chamomile two weeks before surgery.

Taking chamomile in its different formulations at the same time could cause an overdose.

Stop taking chamomile and call your doctor if the condition you are treating with chamomile does not improve or gets worse.

Photography by:  Anna Tsukanova @ Unsplash

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