Information on Chamomile, German

Latin NameMatricaria recutitaphoto
Other NamesHungarian chamomile
Part UsedFlowers
Herb FormsTeabag, tincture, bulk herb, powder, ointment, homeopathic tablet.
AffectsDigestive system, Nervous system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA feathery-leaved pineapple-scented garden plant in the aster family with small daisy-like yellow and white flowers.
DescriptionChamomile tea is commonly used in many parts of Europe, South America, and Mexico for children with colic and other digestive disturbances, fever, insomnia, and the restlessness and irritability commonly associated with teething. Women have long used chamomile for PMS and menstrual cramps. It has also been recommended as a nervine, for muscle cramps, headaches, and to soothe indigestion and flatulent colic. Steam from the herb can be inhaled for respiratory tract irritation.
Chamomile creams and ointments are applied to the skin to help soothe and heal burns and other skin irritations, wounds, diaper rash, and sore nipples. The homeopathic tablets are given to babies for teething and fussiness.

Chamomile, German has a taste of AROMATIC and a temperature of WARM.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1-2 cups 2-3 x daily
Tincture15-30 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Chamomile, German

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Colitisintestinal anti-inflammatorytea
Croupanti-inflammatory, calmingtea
Diverticulitisanti-inflammatorytea, capsule
Indigestiondigestive calmativetea, tincture
Intestine, knottedantispasmodictincture, tea
Nettle Stinganti-inflammatorysalve, oil, cream
Seasicknessantispasmodictincture, capsule
Stomach weaknessnervinetea, tincture, capsule
Teethinganti-inflammatory, calminghomeopathic tablets
Vomitingantispasmodictincture, tea, capsule
Insomniacalmativetincture, tea
Dyspepsiadigestive aid, antispasomidictea, tincture

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