CHAMOMILE MATRICARIA, GERMAN CHAMOMILE, ROMAN CHAMOMILE.

Parts Used:
Usually the dried flowers, although other parts may be used.

Function:
The active ingredients in chamomile provide an antispasmodic (muscle relaxing) and anti-inflammatory effect when used both internally and externally.

Uses:
* As chamomile is native to Europe and Western Asia, it has been used for centuries by many cultures. Mostly is has been used for digestive complaints and anxiety.
* Currently it is used for gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, cystitis, irritated bowels, peptic ulcer, insomnia, PMS, canker, eczema, dry flaky skin, gingivitis, hemorrhoids and skin irritations such as sunburn or acne.

Guidelines:
* If taken as a tea, drink 1 – 4 cups daily between meals. Drink liberal quantities for bladder infections. Drink daily during PMS.
* The tea may be applied topically for sunburn or acne.
* The essential oil may be used in a bath (10 drops) to sooth sunburn, for PMS and hemorrhoids.
* The essential oil may be applied topically or in a compress for dermatitis, eczema, minor skin rashes and or flaky skin.
* Use capsules or extracts according to label instructions.

Interactions:
* Do not use for prolonged periods as allergies to ragweed may occur. * Do not use if allergic to ragweed, asters and or chrysanthemum.

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