Usually the dried flowers, although other parts may be used.
The active ingredients in chamomile provide an antispasmodic (muscle relaxing) and anti-inflammatory effect when used both internally and externally.
* 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.
* 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.
* Do not use for prolonged periods as allergies to ragweed may occur. * Do not use if allergic to ragweed, asters and or chrysanthemum.