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Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)


Chamomile is an old stand-by favorite that can be used almost for any condition, so it seems.
It does indeed have many useful properties that make it a very versatile remedy.
It is anti-spasmodic and relaxant, especially on the involuntary nerves, which makes it useful for spasmodic coughs, cramps and convulsions of the digestive tract and uterine system.
Its slight bitter principles are also useful as a general digestive aid after dinner.
The relaxant quality makes it useful for mild cases of insomnia or anxiety and all stress related conditions.
It is also anti-inflammatory, which makes it a soothing tea for colds and flues, a gargle for sore throat and an eye wash for sore, inflamed eyes.
Especially beneficial for catarrhal congestion of the upper respiratory tract is the use of Chamomile as a steam inhalation.
Chamomile can be used as a first aid wound cleanser and frequent fomentations with strong chamomile tea will reduce swelling and inflammation.


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