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(Matricaria recutita or Chamomilla recutita)

I took these photographs of wild chamomile growing in the mountains of Flam, Norway.

Actions: Anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic (eases spasms), carminative, mild sedative, anti-ulcer, analgesic (pain reducing) and vulnerary (soothing for external wounds or sore rashes) and anti-depressant.

Dose: 20-40 mL/week (1:2 liquid) or 0.9-1.8 g/day (tablet)

Chamomile is one if the first herbs I use as a foundation herb, as it is generally tolerated by the most sensitive of patients. This herb is my favourite for calming and soothing the gut. Its antispasmodic action helps with easing spasms and cramps in the body, especially for those with food sensitivities, flatulence, colic and diarrhoea.

It’s properties of apigenin have been proven to calm the mind. Studies show this herb has been clinically effective as an antidepressant (Amsterdam et al, 2012).

As an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, it is useful for pain reduction and swellings. Recent studies have demonstrated its anti-oxidant properties (Bhaskaran et al, 2012). Another study states chamomile causes slow relaxation of isolated blood vessels through an effect on calcium influx (Roberts et al, 2013).

I will always add this herb to a sleep mix and for any anxiety.

It is very useful for stress and insomnia, so makes a nice evening tea too.

It is safe for children and babies. Cooled tea bags can be placed on the eyes when sore and dry.