Chamomile may be best known as a popular late-night herbal tea since it helps people to fall asleep more easily. It is considered one of the safest medicinal herbs, known as a soothing, gentle relaxant, it's been used for a variety of complaints from stress to menstrual cramps.
In North America and central Europe, products made from the German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) are most widely available. The properties you want come from the daisy-like flowers which contain volatile oils as well as flavonoids and coumarin. Contemporary herbalists recommend chamomile for its ability to soothe the nerves and promote more restful sleep. It also supports skin health.
Studies show that chamomile contains substances that act on the same parts of the brain and nervous system as anti-anxiety drugs. Never stop taking prescription medications without consulting a doctor.
Chamomile's anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic actions help to relax smooth muscles lining the stomach and intestine, so it is sometimes used for heartburn, flatulence and nausea. This action is also why many women prefer it to ease the discomfort of menstrual cramps.
Because chamomile is available in so many forms, it's important to read the labels to be sure you are getting the correct part of the plant, the flower, for active properties. The effects of chamomile are cumulative, so taking it regularly provides the best benefits.
If you suffer from allergies to plants of the Compositae family (a large group including such flowers as daisies, ragweed, asters and chrysanthemums), you may wish to be cautious about using chamomile at first. While there have been isolated reports of allergic reactions, causing skin rashes and bronchial constriction, most people can use this herb with no problem.
Each capsule provides Chamomile Flowers (Matricaria recutita) 250 mg
Take 1 capsule with a meal twice daily.
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