Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Chamomile the Gentle Herb
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) is a well-known medicinal plant species from the Asteraceae family often referred to as the “star among medicinal species.” Nowadays it is a highly favored and much used medicinal plant in folk and traditional medicine. Its multitherapeutic, cosmetic, and nutritional values have been established through years of traditional and scientific use and research. Chamomile has an established domestic (Indian) and international market, which is increasing day by day it has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to calm anxiety and settle stomachs. In the U.S., chamomile is best known as an ingredient in herbal tea.
Studies have shown that Chamomile is considered a safe plant and has been used in many cultures for stomach ailments and as a mild sedative.
Some studies, show primarily using chamomile with other plants, that it may have health benefits.
Chamomile seems to help colicky babies.
A mouth rinse with chamomile might relieve mouth sores caused by cancer treatments, canker sores, or hand feet mouth.
Some research suggests that chamomile could help with other conditions, like diarrhea in children, hemorrhoids, anxiety, and insomnia.
When used on the skin, chamomile might help with skin irritation and wound healing.
Some research has documented that it may be as effective as hydro cortisone cream for eczema. We have used it plenty of times for eczema and burns/scrapes.
Drink it in a tea, capsule form, salve/ointment/poultice/ or steep it in water however you take your chamomile you are sure to reap its benefits of this healing herb.