Chamomile

Latin:  Matricaria recutita

Family:   Asteraceae

Parts Used:  Flowers

Taste/Energetics:  Slightly bitter, sweet, aromatic

Properties:  Anxiolytic, carminative, antimicrobial, antispasmodic

Actions: One of the most commonly used relaxant herbs.  Very helpful for those who have anxiety that goes to their stomach and another herb that is very mild and therefore helpful for elders and children.    Classic for insomnia and for tired and wired restlessness.  Some folks (including myself) don’t do well with chamomile and get headaches or feel a bit off from it.

Dosage:  Best taken as a tea by itself or in formulas.  2-3 tsp per cup of hot water infusion.

Contraindications:  Some have sensitivities to it.

Further Reading:

Chamomile monograph  by Rosalee de la Foret