Chamomile

 

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) has been used for thousands of years for a variety of health conditions. Two types of chamomile are used for health conditions: German chamomile and Roman chamomile. The German variety is more commonly used in the United States and in Europe.

What Chamomile is used for:

-sleeplessness, anxiety

-colds

-gastrointestinal conditions such as upset stomach, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea

-to ease heartburn, nausea and vomiting

-releave pains (headaches for example)

-inflammation (for example gum inflammtion)

-upset stomach and diarrhea in children, and colic in infants

-skin conditions, acne, psoriasis, eczema, slow-healing wounds

-mouth ulcers

-menstrual pain

-to help colicky babies (otherwise talk to a pediatrician before giving chamomile to infants and children)

It is usually be taken as a herbal tea.

The active ingredients of chamomile are: bisabolol, farnesenechamazulene (anti-inflammatory effect), flavonoids (anti-oxidant effect)and coumarin.

Possible side effects:

-skin rashes, throat swelling, shortness of breath, and anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction)

People are more likely to experience allergic reactions to chamomile if they are allergic to related plants in the daisy family, which includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies. Chamomile may interfere with blood thinners (anticoagulants). The effects of long-term chamomile use aren’t known. If you take any medicines or supplements regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using chamomile supplements. Chamomile is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Sources: NCCAM-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicinehttp://nccam.nih.gov/health/chamomile/ataglance.htm, fotó:Pixabay