The Chamomile plant, especially in the form of chamomile tea, is an ages old home remedy for settling the mind and improving the body! The leaves of the German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile plants have long been one of the world's favorite herbal teas and garden herbs for home health care.
Studies continue to find that chamomile has a calming effect upon the mind and body alike, but such studies are limited in scope and number.
Mild side effects are possible, as Chamomile contains a small amount of coumarin and as the plant is related to ragweed.
Home Remedies: Chamomile Tea is found to be excellent for anxiety and is a general anti-inflammatory that can reduce pain and improve overall metabolic function. The plant likewise offers mild antiseptic qualities, and as such a poultice of the leaves can help in wound care. Chamomile's calming and antispasmodic effects have provided relief to those suffering from intestinal disorders such as Crohn's Disease and IBS.
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[YEA] 02/20/2007: JohnnieLou from Lawton, OK: "I had suffered from severe reflux for months. Nothing seemed to help. While surfing the internet, I found some information about chamomile tea helping with reflux. I bought the green tea with chamomile and started drinking it at the first sign of reflux and always about an hour before bedtime. The chamomile tea helped immediately and I no longer have reflux. I guess Peter Rabbit's Mom knew what she was doing when she gave him chamomile tea and put him to bed after he ate too much in Mr. McGregor's garden! Regular chamomile works as well as the green tea/chamomile combination."
[YEA] 01/30/2007: Toma from Chicago, IL: "I talked to my practitioner recently, and he told me that Apple Cider Vinegar is good only for those people who have high acidity; for those who have low acidity it can be harmful. He told me the least harmful remedy for Acid Reflux and other stomach problems is CAMOMILE TEA. I tried it, and it works wonders."
Chamomile Side Effects
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/03/2009: Jeremiah from San Diego, California: "For all those who have Enuresis, I can state as fact that even if you take medication to control your enuresis, Chamomile Tea will overpower that medication, and should not be taken. If you have anxiety, or need help getting to sleep, try other sources, because Chamomile Tea, at least for me, makes me really go."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 02/25/2009: Debi from Converse, Texas USA: "Just a note of caution, Camomile Tea is great for most people. I have found that because I am allergic to ragweed that it causes me some respiratory problems as it is part of the ragweed family."
Depression, Complexion, Upset Stomach
[YEA] 10/04/2007: Ed from A town, The UK: "I think chamomile is a good contender for "king of herbs". In my experience it's excellent for:
Mild depression. One cup of chamomile tea can completely change my mood to that of being calm and optimistic. I think it contains tryptophan, which makes serotonin, hence its feel good properties.
Complexion. Makes me look healthier.
Upset stomach. Almost as good as peppermint tea.
It's amazing stuff."Replies
[YEA] 02/23/2009: Jodi from New York, ny replies: "Well.. this works for me.. great for relaxing.. changed my mood to just calm.."
[YEA] 07/05/2007: Marinette from Cleveland, U.S.A.: "One of the best remedies for infections is strong chamomile tea. Our family has used this for many years. An elderly woman we knew years ago, fell down the stairs which resulted in an ugly infection in her hand. She was diabetic and the doctors could not heal her. My mom made a pan of strong chamomile tea and the woman soaked her hand in it for 15 minutes. Immediately you could see a difference. She continued doing this for a few days and was completely healed. It is best to make the tea fresh each time. Thank you for this excellent website!"Replies
[YEA] 08/05/2011: Jen from Belton, Mo replies: "I use it whenever I get an abscessed tooth. I wet a chamomile tea bag with warm water (so the cold doesnt hurt me) and put it between the gum and cheek where the abscess is. It seems to me that chamomile pulls the infection right out. After about 10 minutes I start to feel relief from the pain and swelling. I have tried other teas, and chamomile works the best for me."
08/05/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Great idea but in the end to you have to go to the dentist or does the abcess disappear completely?"
[YEA] 08/11/2011: Skysail from Tempe, Az replies: "I use chamomile tea bags anytime any of my body piercing get infected. It's gentle and ALWAYS works!
I warm up the tea bag (chamomile) in a cup of hot water. Then I apply the tea bag to my infected area. Not only does it drain out any of the discharge it also soothes the skin. I've never been scared or had to deal with scar tissue from a piercing infection. Any time I get a new piercing I use chamomile to clean it (instead of rough cleaners like alcohol or peroxide). Works like a charm!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/22/2011: Jen from Belton, Mo replies: "the abscess does eventually come back, and I need to see a dentist, but it helps in the meantime. since dentists cost way too much, not everyone can fork out a couple hundred every time a tooth abcsesses."
[YEA] 05/22/2007: Aimee from Honolulu, Hawaii: "I've had sleep problems for as long as I can remember and it doesn't help that I'm also bipolar. I've tried everything from mind tricks and herbal remedies to over the counter pills but one thing I found that seems to work like a charm is half a cup of chamomile tea mixed with half a cup of milk. The drink should be warm, not hot, so what I do is make cup of the tea by heating it in the microwave for about 2 minutes and then adding the milk afterwards allowing the tea to heat the milk. After drinking it, I'm asleep within half an hour."
[YEA] 12/09/2007: L. T. from Wilkesboro, N. C.: "Chamomile is a very good antihistimine. I use the essential oil on each side of my nose whenever I begin to feel sinus pressure, congestion, burning, etc. Works immediately. Added bonus, very healthy for skin and complexion."Replies
[YEA] 06/01/2010: Ken from Quito, Ecuador replies: "I suffer from chronic allergies that cause heavy nasal and sinus congestion and post-nasal drainage. My doctor recommended the following simple remedy that has been very effective. Prepare a cup of chamomile (Manzanilla) tea, normal drinking strength. Pour a bit into your cupped palm and sniff it strongly up both nostrils. Tilt your head far back and pinch your nose shut for 30 seconds or so, then blow your nose. This produces a wonderfully clean and open feeling in the nasal passages and keeps them clear for several hours, better than commercial antihistamines I've tried. It seems even to reduce sinus pressure in the forehead. You have to experiment to find the best frequency of dosage -- if you use it too often you may find that your nose becomes too dry for comfort. Free breathing and absence of drainage greatly improves your sleeping and general comfort."
Natural Hair Conditioner
[YEA] 01/22/2006: Becky from Port Townsend, WA: "I used the acv and it works but I have a hint for people with winter scalp (flaky tight scalp). Steep 2 bags of chamomile tea in 2 cups warm water for 10 minutes. Add a dash of lemon juice and 15 drops of calendula (marigold) extract then pour onto scalp and let sit for 10 minutes and shampoo and condition as normal. I have done this 2x a week wince winter set in and it is perfect. No more flaking or redness."
[YEA] 09/05/2008: Carol from Dallas, Texas: "Remedy: Chamomile
Cured: Viral Conjunctivitis
I bought teabags with chamomile flowers listed as the only ingredient.
I boiled around 1 cup of water, then floated the teabags in there for about 2 minutes and removed from heat.
Allowed the tea to cool until it was just warm to the inside of my wrist. Then I dipped cotton balls 1 time only per piece into the tea and used this to remove the "gunk". Next, I took the teabags while still warm and placed them over my eyes and covered them with a clean towel.
This seemed to soothe the swelling of my eyelids and dried up a lot of the discharge.
I had this condition for about 4 days and was using antibiotic drops until I went to an opthalmologist who diagnosed it as viral. That's the point where I stopped using drops and started using the teabags. I have been doing this for a day and a half and my eyes are pink instead of red with just a little discharge now, and no more swelling, pain, or itchiness. I feel like I will probably be completely over this by tomorrow."
[YEA] 03/06/2008: Michelle from Lamora, Mexico: "make some chamomile tea and wash the eyes out with it every so often with a cotton ball this helps very much"
Relaxation, Settles the Stomach, Revives Blonde Hair
[YEA] 10/30/2007: Sue from Montreal, Canada: "I find it relaxing to drink a cup of camomille tea and it does help settle the stomach. My hair is sort of blonde but in the summer it has no shine due to the sun. A rinse with camille tea will revive the colour natural and not expensive.What a web site! Sue"
[YEA] 02/20/2008: Rachel from Cambridge, UK: "I tried the Chamomile bath above for an infected cut in my foot after the doctor told me I would have to take oral antibiotics (my fourth course in 2008!) if it did not improve in two days. I bathed the cut twice a day for fifteen minutes (two tea bags in a litre of water). I also used an antibacterial cream and a paste of tumeric and honey (kept on for fifteen minutes after the chamomile bath - dyed my food yellow). Day three and the infection is nearly gone."
[YEA] 10/17/2006: Steph from Jacksonville, FL: "I'm responding to the claim that black tea cures an upset stomach. Whenever I drink black tea, I always develop painful gas and bloating and sometimes diarrhea. My grandmother said she has the same problem and that it may be caused by tannins in the tea. Maybe some people just aren't able to break down the chemicals? What does help me when i get a "gas attack" is to get on my knees and stick my butt in the air, focusing on relaxing my abdominal muscles. The posture is a bit ridiculous, but it does help expel the gas after a couple minutes. For an upset stomach, i make a tea of grated ginger, mint, chamomile, or a combination. to that i add organic milk and honey."