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How do you best enjoy your Chamomile?

How do you best enjoy your Chamomile? | Mr Vitamins

Medicine in your garden series - Chamomile

With 3 forms of chamomile to use, tea, oil and herb, there really is no reason for not taking your medicine!
  • Tea: just to drink for its relaxing and digestive properties, you can also use the tea in baths as a gentle herbal treatment for children, or to add to body creams to thin them into lighter creams or into lotions for applying to eczema and skin rashes
  • Herb: can be used internally and externally as prescribed by a herbalist or naturopath
  • Essential oil: use the essential oils in skin care, baths, vaporisers and in perfumes
In whichever form, chamomile is sedative to the nervous system. Other uses of this versatile herb include: anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, anti-ulcer, antioxidant and wound healing.

When to use chamomile

This herb is specifically indicated traditionally for the following:
  • Gastrointestinal disorders including food sensitivities, indigestion, colitis, gastritis, IBS and ulceration
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Asthma
  • Hayfever
  • Painful periods and menstrual cramping,

Care needed

Just a reminder however, that even natural medicines need care. Always tell your doctor of any supplements you are taking. Care should be exercised using chamomile in the following situations:
  • with benzodiazepines, there may be an additive effect and the two should only be combined under supervision of a qualified practitioner
  • with blood thinning medications such as warfarin
It should not be used:
  • when there is a known or suspected allergy to chamomile or the daisy family.
  • in pregnancy as safety has not been established.

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