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Dried Chamomile Flowers

Veterinarian Reviewed on June 15, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Chamomile Dry Flowers (Matricaria chamomilla)

Description

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or otherwise known as German Chamomile, Chamomilla recutita or chamomile is an annual plant that grows in many areas in Europe and also in Asia. It can also be found in North America and also in Australia. The Chamomile flowers are the main part of the Chamomile that is used for many herbal therapies.

The Chamomile plant grows up to 15 to 60 cm in length and has long and narrow leaves. The Chamomile dry flowers start out as white flowers with small florets that are yellow in color. The Chamomile fresh flower has a strong aromatic scent that blooms early to mid summer in many parts of the world.

History and Origin

The Chamomile got its name from a Greek word which means “earth apple” and many other words that meant apple since the plant often has a distinguishable apple-like scent. There are many names of the Chamomile like wild Chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, pineapple weed and scented mayweed.

The Chamomile dry flowers as well as all the other parts of the Chamomile plant are used mainly to cure gastrointestinal ailments and bacterial infections.

Ancient Uses

The Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for the treatment of ague. It has also used for many centuries now as a treatment of many gastrointestinal disorders. Chamomile dry flowers prepared as tea have been used since ancient times to control missed monthly periods and also for the treatment of many pulmonary disorders.

Modern Uses

During modern times, Chamomile dry flowers have been widely used as tea to relieve many gastrointestinal disorders such as stomach pain, stomach upset, colic, diarrhea, bloating and many more. It can also cure diseases of the kidneys, spleen, and bladder and also to remove worms and parasites of the intestines.

Its anti inflammatory properties are useful for the treatment of infections of the oral cavity and many skin irritations. Chamomile dry flowers as a tea are prepared carefully to prevent evaporation of the essential volatile oils that contain therapeutic properties.
Chamomile dry flowers can also increase wound healing time and some research regarding the effectiveness of Chamomile in the cure of cancer is currently being studied. Chamomile dry flowers are used in preparing cosmetics and also for hair coloring products and as a dye for fabrics.

Side Effects

Chamomile dry flowers when drank as a tea can cause allergic reactions to individuals who are highly sensitive. Preparations and dietary supplements made from Chamomile dry flowers must be taken with care in patients taking blood thinners.

Teas and supplements made from Chamomile dry flowers are contraindicated for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Dried Chamomile flowers have sedative effects and tolerance and dependence can result if taken continuously.

If you want to use dried Chamomile flowers for your illness, it is best to consult your doctor or herbalist first regarding the dosage and side effects of this herb. Do not self medicate since this herb may cause serious side effects with the medication you are currently taking. Always follow instructions and never use beyond its therapeutic effects.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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