Used medicinally for thousands of years since the times of ancient Greece, chamomile is still a popular treatment for many ailments.
A favorite for upset stomachs and trouble sleeping, this herb is gentle enough for people of all ages, yet powerful enough to have a true and noticeable effect.
Chamomile is also an herb of many uses, which makes it an excellent remedy to have on hand at all times, for when in doubt, try it out!
Some of the most common conditions that may be treated with chamomile include trouble sleeping, anxiety, digestion/intestinal issues such as cramping, bloating, and nervous stomachs, skin infections/inflammation (especially eczema), colic in infants, teething pains, and diaper rash among many others.
In magical traditions, chamomile is said to attract love and prosperity.
Latin Name: Anthemus ( or Chamaemelum) nobile (Roman Chamomile), Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
Parts Used: Flower
Energetics: Bitter, sweet, neutral, moist
Actions: Analgesic, anodyne, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emetic (in large doses), febrifuge, nervine, sedative, stomachic, tonic, vulnerary
Key Constituent: Coumarins, flavonoids, glycosides, sesquiterpenes, tannins, quercetin, volatile oils (Chevallier, 2000; Hoffmann, 2003).
Preparation & Dosing:
Cautions: Chamomile is generally considered safe but may cause allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to ragweed. Avoid therapeutic doses during pregnancy, a simple cup of tea is fine.