Chamomile is an incredibly versatile herb and is a highly effect but gentle sedative that is safe to use with children. Its often used in combination with other herbs to add a relaxing effect. Chamomile helps with insomnia, anxiety, and stress because of its calming effects on the nervous system. For these, chamomile tea is ideal.
As a carminative, chamomile affects the digestive system by relaxing stomach muscles, helping the movement of food through the system, and reducing the production of gas, which helps to ease pain and bloating. A study published in Frontiers in Pharmacology in 2018 demonstrated that the flavonoids in Roman chamomile had a direct and prolonged muscle-relaxant effect on the smooth muscle in the small intestinal tissue of guinea pigs and humans.
Roman chamomile has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, and diaphoretic properties. Chamomile is used for inflammatory conditions, is an excellent remedy for pain, combats the growth of microorganisms (which is why it’s common ingredients in many soaps and cleansing products), and induces sweating, helping the body to cleanse itself of toxins and other debris.
Adding a handful of chamomile flowers to a large bowl, pouring boiling water over them, and inhaling the steam is a natural remedy for nasal congestion and other inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. Once the water has cooled, you can splash it onto the eyes to reduce with pain and swelling if any is present.
For tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water on 2 teaspoonfuls for the dried herb and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. For digestive problems, drink the tea after meals.