Chamomile is most commonly consumed in the form of a tea to help calm an upset stomach or to assist with sleep. It was originally sourced from Europe but can be found in most continents. The flowers are normally dried and used in tea or added to a bath, or pressed for oil.
Traditionally, the flowers were chewed to relieve toothache, coinciding with the contemporary usage as a mouth rinse for sore gums and a herbal treatment for gingivitis. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic and sedative properties which can help assist in the treatment of chest colds, slow-healing woulds, abscesses, gum inflammation and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chicken pox and diaper rash.
Chamomile can be taken internally and externally, as a tea, a bath infusion, cream or as a tincture. Internally, Chamomile can treat digestive tract inflammation. It is helpful as a herbal remedy for insomnia, anxiety and nervous tension. Externally, compresses can treat wounds, burns, cold sores and dermatitis. This herb contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other painful swelling disorders. It can also be used to treat heartburn, morning sickness, motion sickness, irritable bowel syndrome and colic.
WARNING: Consumption of high concentrations of Chamomile may result in nausea and vomiting.