Herbal Spotlight: Matricaria Recutita
Common names: Chamomile, German Chamomile
History: Chamomile was a well-known herb in ancient Egypt and Greece and was used later around the turn of the century for its relaxing properties.
Carminitive (stomach soother)
Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
Preparations: Most often used as a tea or tincture. Topical preparations as oils, creams, or compresses are also useful.
Consume chamomile tea before bed for it’s relaxing effects to loosen your muscles and help you sleep
Use chamomile tea or tincture when your stomach is feeling unsettled, or you are experiencing bowel irregularities
Apply topically to reduce skin irritation or ulcers
Apply cool tea bags to your eyes to reduce puffiness, redness, irritation or swelling
Caution: If you suffer from allergies to plants of Asteraceae/Compositae family (includes ragweed) you may experience allergic symptoms from Chamomile. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.