Usage and Proterties
Chamomile is sometimes mixed with other herbs and taken by mouth for liver and gallbladder disease, gallstones, fatty liver, chronic heartburn, loss of appetite, digestive disturbances, a heart condition called Roemheld’s syndrome, indigestion in infants, and certain types of constipation. It is used as a “blood purifier” and general female tonic; and to prevent menstrual cramps and irregular periods.
Some people put chamomile in a steam bath and inhale it for sinus inflammation, hay fever, sore throat, and ear inflammation, and as a painkiller. In foods and beverages, the essential oil and extract are used as flavor components. In manufacturing, the volatile oil of chamomile is used as a fragrance in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes; and to flavor cigarette tobacco. The extract is also used in cosmetics and soaps. Teas have been used as a hair tint and conditioner, and to treat parasitic worm infections.
Chamomile also has antibacterial properties. Chamomile is a mild but effective herb for women that helps support the reproductive system and alleviate premenstrual pain. It is a very calming herb that eases stress and anxiety. Chamomile is a great digestive tonic that soothes the digestive tract. Chamomile teas and essential oils can also be used to soothe minor burns, cuts, and scrapes. All in all, this a great herb to have around the house.