Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is a common herb used for centuries in traditional medicine. It is a member of the daisy family, and has a distinct sweet scent. Its many health benefits have been studied and documented in recent years.
Chamomile is used in a variety of forms, from tinctures to teas. It is said to have calming and soothing properties, which is why it is often used as an aid for sleep and stress relief. This same soothing quality makes chamomile helpful in easing digestive disorders and in relieving topical skin irritations, including eczema.
Chamomile is found most commonly in Europe and North Africa. It grows best in warm, sunny climates, where it can be harvested throughout the year.
The health benefits of chamomile are extensive. It has natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties which can help to reduce redness and inflammation in the skin, and provide relief in cases of stomach upset and digestive issues.
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Chamomile can help to reduce anxiety and stress.
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It can act as an aid in treating insomnia.
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Chamomile may help to reduce inflammation in the body.
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It is a natural remedy for skin irritations and eczema.
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It can help to improve digestive health.
Some interesting facts about chamomile are that it has been used medicinally by cultures around the world for centuries, and it was even included in the British Pharmacopoeia in 1885.
Other similar ingredients to chamomile include lavender, lemon balm, and passionflower. All of these herbs have calming and soothing properties, and may be used to treat various ailments.