German chamomile has been taken for digestive problems since at least the 1 st century AD. Gentle and efficacious, it is very suitable for children.
The herb is valuable for pain, indigestion, acidity, gas, gastritis, bloating, and colic. It is also used for hiatus hernia, peptic ulcer, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
German chamomile, which contains spiroether and bisabolol, very strong antispasmodics, relax tense, aching muscles and eases menstrual pain. It also appears to have relaxing action on the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract.
One study shows chamomile relaxes the digestive tract as well as the opium-based drug papaverine. Chamomile also may help prevent stomach ulcers and speed their healing. In one experiment, two groups of animals were fed a chemical known to cause ulcers. Those also given chamomile developed significantly fewer. Then the animals who developed ulcers were divided into two groups. Those fed chamomile recovered more quickly. It also relieves irritability and promotes sleep, especially in children.
German chamomile is useful for hay fever and asthma. The proazulenes in the herb produce chamazulene on steam distillation, which is markedly antiallergenic. Externally, it can be applied to sore, itchy skin and eczema. It also relieves eyestrain. A cream made from German chamomile was tested in 1987 for its ability to heal wounds and produced very good results. Apply it externally for disinfecting and antiinflammatory treatments in the form of packs, baths, and compresses using a strong tea, diluted chamomile tincture or a liquid chamomile extract.
In 1993, a trial using German chamomile and 4 other herbs showed them to be most effective at easing infantile colic. Historically, chamomile poultices have been placed on cancers, and its sesquiterpene lactones do show immune system-stimulating and antitumor activity. Inflamed oral mucosa can also be treated with chamomile tea. For stomatitis, an uncomfortable inflammation of the mouth’s mucous membranes, and canker sores, the mouth is rinsed with the tea or a liquid chamomile extract into one glass of water.
Due to its antispasmodic properties Chamomile is a good remedy for all cramping pains, especially for abdominal cramping in children. At the same time it has a carminative effect of relieving flatulence. In pediatric medicine chamomile is used as a tea or syrup. The effect can be increased by placing a hot chamomile pad on the painful area. To treat cramps, mix equal parts of chamomile flowers and silverweed to make a tea. Chamomile is a classic remedy for teething pains in children. For this, use chamomile in its homeopathic form or as teething tablets.
anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, relaxant, carminative, mild bitter, antiallergenic
Cream: rub onto sore or itchy skin
Infusion with flower heads: for a good night’s sleep, drink a cup last thing at night. To relax fractious and overtired children, infuse 4 tsp dried herb in 500 ml water and strain into a bath
Tincture: for irritable bowel syndrome take 1 tsp diluted with 100 ml water 3 times a day. Essential oil: for diaper rash, combine 5 drops with 20 ml carrier oil and apply.
Oil: Place freshly crushed chamomile flowers in a clear mason jar and cover them with cold pressed sunflower oil or olive oil. Place the jar, tightly lidded, in a sunny place for 2 or 3 weeks. Strain the oil and discard the flowers, pressing them out well. Add a few drops of essential oil of chamomile. Use as a liniment for back pain, sore muscles, neuralgia, kidney pain, facial neuralgia, abdominal pain and diaper rash.
Syrup: 100 grams fresh chamomile flowers, 50 ml vodka or other grain spit, 200 ml distilled water, 300 gr sugar. Crush the chamomile flowers in a mortar, moisten with the alcohol, pour the mixture into a jar, and top off with distilled water. Place the jar, tightly lidded, in the sun for 2 days and shake it occasionally. Strain off the flowers and dissolve the sugar in the liquid by bringing, it to a simmer, stirring constantly. Pour the syrup into bottles and store in a cool place. Administer by tablespoon.
Ginger-Chamomile Delight: 1 part chamomile flowers, 1 part grated fresh gingerroot, ¼ cup cow’s, soy, rice or almond milk, honey or maple syrup to taste. Place the herbs in a pot and cover with boiling water. Stir well, cover, and steep 15-20 minutes. Strain, add the milk of your choice, and sweeten to taste. Sip slowly and enjoy as needed, preferably after dinner or before bedtime. Great for digestion and helps relieve stomach and/or uterine cramps.
A study found the likelihood of acute allergy to chamomile quite low. Two out of 25 people already allergic to other plants in the Asteraceae family were found to be allergic to chamomile as well.
Chamomile Flowers Tea Bags (25) - pain, indigestion, acidity, gas, colic
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