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Chamomile

botanical name: Anathemis nobilis (L)

It is one of the most widely used medicinal plants around the world and is best known as a sleep aid.

Key Features:

- calms the body and mind

- sleeping agent

- relieves digestive issues

What does it do?

Nervous  system: the antispasmodic parts of the herb depresses the peripheral nervous system and muscles, which indirectly helps to relax the body and reduce anxiety as a result while not disrupting normal function/performance. This contributes to a restful sleep and may also help with menstrual pains.

Digestive system: it helps to provide relief of GI (gastrointestinal) discomfort such as spasms, bloating, impaired digestion etc particularly stress-induced digestive upset. 

Anti-inflammation: it can help to reduce inflammation internally by reducing muscle tension indicated in asthma, bronchitis, flu, sinusitis and hay fever - it helps  to clear excess mucus and phelgm from the lungs. Externally, chamomile can reduce inflammation by calming and soothing the skin.

Lowers blood sugar: there is evidence to show that chamomile tea can help to control blood glucose levels, and may be useful in reducing diabetes risk factors.

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Active Constituents

Chamazulene (from steam distillation of matricin)

Volatile oils

Flavanoids

Parts Used

Flowers

Herbal Actions

Bitter

Carminative

Nervine / Antispasmodic

Anti-inflammatory

Applications

Teas,

Tinctures,

Salves,

Oils

Precautions

Rare but possible allergic reaction in people allergic to the daisy family