Latin name: Matricaria chamomilla
A Remedy For
Liver and gallbladder problems
Tendency to infection
Wounds and burns
Chamomile is also used internally to
treat inflammation and spasms of the
What It Is; Why It Works
This traditional home remedy is
native to Europe and northwest Asia, and now grows in North America and
elsewhere as well. A small plant (8 to 16 inches in height), it sports little
white and yellow flowers.
The entire flowering plant, or the
flowers alone, may be used medicinally. It relieves inflammation and spasms,
promotes wound healing, and fights
There are no known medical
conditions that preclude the use of
At customary dosages, Chamomile does
not have side effects. However, a
few people develop an allergy to the
herb over time.
Possible Drug Interactions
No interactions have been reported.
Special Information If You Are
Pregnant or Breastfeeding
No harmful effects are known.
How To Prepare
Chamomile tea: pour 5 ounces (about
one-half cup) of boiling water over 3
grams (about 3 teaspoonfuls) of
Chamomile. Cover for 5 to 10 minutes and strain.
Chamomile compress: pour 11/2 cups
of hot water over 2 teaspoonfuls of
Chamomile. Cover, steep for 15
minutes, then strain. Soak a cloth in the lukewarm water and apply to the
affected skin throughout the day.
Bath additive: mix about 16
tablespoonfuls of Chamomile with 1 quart of water and add to the bath.
Chamomile ointments and gels may be
used externally throughout the
The usual oral dosage is 10 to 15
grams (approximately 3 to 5
No information on overdosage is