Use loose leaf chamomile as a tea, infusion, steam inhalation, poultice, bath.
Matricaria Chamomilla in Latin [German Chamomile]
An ally for bringing about restful states and peaceful calm, chamomile is extremely useful and safe. Helping to ease emotional tension, mental and physical stress, chamomile is a wonderfully gentle sedative that's particularly useful for anxiety and insomnia.
With it's sweet apple-y taste, chamomile is a great choice in herbal medicine for common, every day use, and is incredibly well-suited for children!
*Historically, German Chamomile has been used to treat many conditions, including:
Children's conditions such as chickenpox, diaper rash, and colic
Gum inflammation (gingivitis)
Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
Minor first-degree burns
Use as a tea, infusion, poultice, bath.
To make chamomile tea, steep a heaping teaspoon in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Strain and enjoy. Add honey for sweetness and medicinal benefit.
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*Consult with your healthcare provider before consuming if you have a pre-existing medical condition, are pregnant, or are currently nursing. This herbal tea is in no way a form of medication, or a substitute for current medications that may have been prescribed by your healthcare provider. All results may vary.
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