Medicine in your garden series - ChamomileWith 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
When to use chamomileThis herb is specifically indicated traditionally for the following:
- Gastrointestinal disorders including food sensitivities, indigestion, colitis, gastritis, IBS and ulceration
- Painful periods and menstrual cramping,
Care neededJust 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
- when there is a known or suspected allergy to chamomile or the daisy family.
- in pregnancy as safety has not been established.