German and English Chamomile

German and English Chamomile is a relaxing tea, but also contains a lot of other benefits you might not know about. This herb relieves fever, abdominal pain, menstrual cramps, and gastrointestinal problems such as gas. It helps to relieve motion sickness, stomach aches, irritation from chest colds, ulcers, and heartburn.

Chamomile treats the following:

  • Strokes
  • Slow-healing wounds, abscesses
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Gum inflammation and gingivitis
  • Psoriasis, and eczema

Use chamomile to treat chicken pox as well!  It is safe for babies in that it can be used for diaper rash and colic. It is great for sore throats, anxiety, acne, and depression. Chamomile is a muscle relaxant and sleep inducer (mild sedative). It is antibacterial and prevents sores in the mouth when used as a mouthwash. It also soothes the nervous system and promotes digestion.

Contains: Vitamin A, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Flavonoids

Cautions: Not for people with asthma, diabetics, pregnant women, or women with breast or uterine cancer.  It is not to be used before dental surgery. Drinking large amounts can cause vomiting. Don’t take with blood thinners or blood pressure medication as it lowers the blood pressure.

Directions:  Most people don’t think to use chamomile as a poultice or wash, but did you know the flavonoids in this herb are proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? It can also be used to treat acne, reduce skin irritation, redness, and get rid of diaper rash.

As a poultice for acne and diaper rash: mix powdered herb with water to form a paste like consistency.

As a facial wash for fine lines and wrinkles: steep 1 tsp of fresh or dried blossoms in 1 cup hot water for 15-20 minutes. Strain and pat on as a facial wash with a clean cloth.

Children: under 18 take half the adult dose and under 5 take half a cup of tea a day. To relieve colic: 1 to 2 oz of tea per day.

Adults: 1 cup boiling water over 2-3 heaping TBSP, steep 10-15 minutes and drink 3-4 times a day between meals.