Organic Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla)

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Matricaria recutita or German chamomile, also spelled camomile, is a wonderful treat any time of day, night, or any time of the year.
German Chamomile is used medicinally against sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a gentle sleep aid. It can also aid in the assistance of defecation. It can be taken as an herbal tea, with two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of tea. For a sore stomach, some recommend taking a cup every morning without food for two to three months. It is also used as a mouthwash against oral mucositis.

Chamomile is not exactly one plant but a wide range of plants that resemble miniature daisies among which two are most common, i.e. the Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile) and the German chamomile (Matricaria recutita).

This is one of the most often quoted herbs for their health benefits and traditional remedy powers. It has been recorded in the traditional medicine recipes of Rome, Egypt, and Greece. Many call it the “Ginseng of Europe”.

Chamomile is effective in a myriad of health conditions because it is a rich resource of flavonoids (quercimertrinand rutin), volatile oils (bisabolol, farnesene, and chamazulene), salicylate derivates, cyanogenic glycosides coumarins, plant acids, and fatty acids.

It boasts of vulnerary, stomachic, splenic, sedative, nervine, hepatic, febrifuge, emmenagogue, diuretic, digestive, diaphoretic, depurative, cicatrisant, cholagoue, carminative, antiviral, antispasmodic, anti-rheumatic, anti-depressant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties.

The list of the Chamomile herb’s medicinal applications is very long. It includes among others women’s health (regulates the menstrual cycle, alleviates PMS, and helps treat yeast infections and vaginitis), emotional health (calms the nerves and counters stress and anxiety), and digestive health (irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal spasm).

Chamomile is also beneficial in the treatment of ADD (attention deficit disorder) and for countering insomnia due to stress in both children and adults.

Recommended Dosage
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.

Notes
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.

Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions

  1. Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
  3. Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
  4. Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired. 

Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!

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