The Essential Herbal...Chamomile

The essential herbal are ingredients that should be in all natural herbal healing first aid kits. With just a few essential herbs you can help heal naturally just about any illness. This is the third in the series. In this article we will discuss Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita).

Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita)
Most people think of Chamomile as a relaxing tea.Yet,Chamomile has been used for digestive issues since the 1st Century. It is gentle, and effective and a great herb for kids.
Chamomile grows all around the world. It is sown by seed in spring. The flower heads will be ready to be picked in summer.
Chamomile is a herbal relaxant or nervine. Nervines are herbal tonics that work on the nervous system. It can help calm frazzled nerves. Chamomile also works as an antispasmodic. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea when you have an upset stomach, can calm and soothe in a short time. It makes a wonderful tea for a child with an upset belly.
Chamomile, is also very useful on the skin of our bodies. An oil infusion of chamomile can be applied to the skin to help heal dry itchy skin. You can also add an infusion to your bath. Chamomile is used to make a herbal skin cream, and is a great benefit to your skin.
Chamomile also has anti-inflammatory properties which is beneficial both internally as a tea for stomach and digestive complaints, but also topically as an oil, ointment or cream.

The fresh plant of Chamomile can cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals. You should not use Chamomile if you are allergic to the daisy family of plants.

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