- A traditional herbal supplement used for centuries as an aid for symptoms of nervousness, stomach upsets, nausea and insomnia.
- In early study, inhaling steam with chamomile extract has been reported to help common cold symptoms.
- Chamomile works to soothe irritated stomach tissue on two levels. One chemical contained in the plant is A-bisobol, which acts as an antiulcerative by speeding the mending of the torn tissues. A second chemical, chamazulene, acts as an anti-inflammatory. The problem with stomach linings is that they are filled with nerve endings, and when irritated stomach linings swell, it causes pressure on these nerves, which you experience as pain.
- Its antimicrobial action is remarkably strong: one ingredient, azulene, can kill both staphylococcus and streptococcus infections.
- None other than allergy or hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients. A member of the daisy family, so if you are allergic to daisies you may also be allergic to chamomile. Avoid use if allergic to aster, chrysanthemum, mugwort, ragweed, and ragwort, celery, chrysanthemum, feverfew, tansy, birch pollen.
- In large doses may cause drowsiness, sedation, vomiting
- Due to its coumarin content, chamomile may theoretically increase the risk of bleeding. Caution is advised in patients with bleeding disorders or taking drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding.
- Increases in blood pressure are possible.
- Constituents in chamomile may alter blood sugar or blood pressure. Patients taking medications that affect blood sugar or blood pressure should be cautious.
- Chamomile may have anti-inflammatory effects. Theoretically, use of chamomile with other anti-inflammatory drugs, such as NSAIDs or ibuprofen, may have additive effects.