Caution needed if allergic to plants of the Compositae family.
German chamomile is normally sold under the name of ‘chamomile’ or ‘camomile’ in shops and supermarkets, usually as tea bags. Chamomile is an excellent herb to soothe painful conditions of the digestive tract, to reduce bloating and relax tension in the bowel. It is most useful for conditions associated with anxiety and stress – so-called ‘nervous indigestion’. Hence it is often helpful for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Chamomile is great for children’s tummy aches and for morning sickness in pregnant women.
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Chamomile combines well with peppermint, either as a dry herb or as a tincture.
How to take
Chamomile is best taken as an infusion. You can use either fresh or dry herbs to make the tea. If you decide to use tincture, each dose should be diluted with a full glass of warm water.
Adults: 1 cup of infusion 2-3 times a day; or 3-10ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:5.
Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
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