Chamomile medicinal herb is the cure-all and relaxant plant for stress and anxiety

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Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) or camomile medicinal herb is a soothing calmative plant, a tonic and a stimulant.  It is native to Europe and it is an annual plant from the Asteraceae family.  The tea is a pleasant tasting traditional herbal medicine with a long history of use dating back to ancient Greece and Egypt.

The common names are Roman camomile, Garden camomile, Low camomile, Ground apple as well as whig plant. The main part used for medicine are the flowers and the oil.  I am so fascinated by this herb and I am further fascinated by the name.  I have no idea why I so love the name of this plant.

The medicinal properties are stimulant, tonic, bitter, emmenagogue, anodyne, antispasmodic, aromatic, as well as stomachic.  Scientific studies supports its medicinal properties, especially antispasmodic and also anti-inflammatory uses.  I tried my best not to have in my possession the tea bags at all times, which can be found in stores all over the world.

The constituents are fatty acids, volatile oil, flavonoids, coumarins, salicylate derivatives and cyanogenic glycosides.

In almost every country it is commonly used as a table tea.  It would be good for everyone to delight themselves with the blossoms of this lovely plant because of the many ailments it can treat.

Health benefits of chamomile herb

The National Institutes of Health, lists over 100 separate ailments and conditions which has been traditionally used with camomile.  It is used by many persons for culinary, medicinal, and magical uses.

The Egyptians combine it with olive oil and used it for massage and and to rub sore muscles.  Camomile is very useful for children suffering from colds, stomach trouble, and colitis.

Chamomile can be used as herbal remedies to treat stomach and intestinal cramps, anxiety, treating skin problems such as eczema, regulates monthly period, good for kidneys, spleen, cold, bronchitis, bladder trouble, to expel worms, for ague, dropsy, jaundice, venereal diseases and nervous disorders.

It is good for weak eyes, open sores and wounds.  Camomile can be used as a poultice on pains and swellings and will also prevent gangrene.

It makes an excellent ointment when combine with bittersweet and to be used for bruises, sprains, and callouses.

Mix the medicinal powdered herb with a some water and you have an excellent paste to treat toothaches naturally.

In many cases where young children obtained insect bites, diaper breakouts, as well as eczema, the mother could stuff a stocking with camomlie as well as oatmeal and make it soak in the bath in which the children are bathing. This will be effective in stopping the itching and decreasing diaper rash.

The Europeans utilized it not only in tea, but as extracts, ointments as well as tinctures. They also used it for various ailments including skin rashes and digestive conditions.

It is also a soothing wash for poison ivy, poison oak as well as poison sumac rashes, says Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D. He said steeping two tablespoons of dried chamomile in two cups of boiling water for about ten minutes, then letting it cool will be effective by dipping a wash cloth in the wash and then spread it on the rash. This method can be used as often as you like.

It was also used in combination with other herbs for a lot of other purposes such as if one felt squeamish, a mixture of chamomile, shredded licorice root, fennel seeds, and peppermint would cure that very quickly.

The herbal tea is also commonly used to help to induce sleep and is often served with either honey or lemon. 

Growing Camomile medicinal herb

It is a very beautiful showy plant, blooming beautiful flowers, so it can well be placed among your flower garden as well if you do not have a herb garden. Chamomile is an excellent potted plant if you do not have space to plant in a garden.

If you do plant it in an herbal garden make sure it is placed in a sunny area because it loves the sun and it strives well in rich soil. Sow the seeds at spring time and the seedlings may be planted at least fifteen inches apart.

Unlike other herbs that do not need fertilizer for it to reach to its optimum maturity, then its good to give it a little fertilizer every now and again. Reap camomile when it is fully bloom and it can be used fresh or dried.

Precaution

Due to the fact that this herb is part of the Ragweed family under no circumstances should you consume chamomile if you feel that you are allergic to Ragweed. 

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