Uses and Properties: Used topically to help support inflammations of the skin and mucosa, and other skin disorders (including surgical wounds); internally against flatulent nervous dyspepsia (adults and children), gastritis, diarrhoea, travel sickness and mild anxiety. The volatile oil is inhaled to help support nasal catarrh, inflammation and irritation of the respiratory tract.
Preparation and Dosage: One or two teaspoons is taken by infusion (or 1 - 4 mL of a 1:1 liquid extract), three times per day. A product known as Kamillosan has over many years shown positive results in various skin disorders. Recommended dosage for douches is 3 - 10% infusion and for bathing, 50 g of herb per 10 litres of water. Creams and semisolid products should contain 3 - 10% of the crude herb.
Active Ingredients: Activity is ascribed to essential oil constituents (45% trans-beta-famesene), the flavonoids (apigenin-, luteolin- and patuletin-7-glycosides) and coumarins (umbelliferone, herniarin). The oil has cyclic sesquiterpenoids, predominantly alpha-bisabolol (up to 5% and chammulene (up to 15%). Chamazulene is an artefact formed from matricin during steam distillation and the oil a deep blue colour. Also present are polyacetylenes (cis-en-in-dicycloether) and polysaccharides.
Health Effects: In human studies, inflammatory (e.g. gastritis), antiseptic, antispasmodic and sedative effects are evident, which are related to the sesquiterpenes and flavonoids. Anti-inflammatory activities were noted in topical use.
Status: Traditional health; Pharm.; Comm. E+; ESCOP 6; WHO 1.
Although a chamomile is powder, distilled water, syrup, tincture, wine and extract of chamomile can be made from the flowers, they are rarely used except in an infusion with a varying dose. It is a popular supportive for windy colic using between 4 to 8 grams to a litre of water. With 3 to 4 grams for the same quantity of liquid, it can be used to help support vomiting. As an antifebrile supportive, 8 to 15 grams are used. Chamomile can help digestion, is good for lazy stomachs, dyspepsia, atonic diarrhea and particularly putrid fevers, continual and intermittent; it has been used with success in several cases of benign neurosis. Chamomile infusion (taken internally), lotions and fermentations have been used to help support serious suppurations which it seems to dry up.
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Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily, with meals.
Allergic reactions are mostly due to contamination with Anthemis cotula, which contains anthecotulide, a contact allergen.
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