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Chamomile

The ancient Egyptians were one of the most ancient civilizations to use chamomile. They produced it for its virtues. They dedicated the plant to the sun and their gods because of its extensive healing properties. There are a number of species of Chamomile spread over Europe, North Africa and the temperate region of Asia. Thus it has several names according to its habitat and species.Its Common name includes Camomile, Sweet chamomile, Wild Chamomile, German Chamomile, Mayweed. In Arabic it is called babonig.Its Botanical name is Matricaria recutita.
 

 

Uses
Mostly used as an infusion of tea. It is used as a tonic, stomachic, anodyne( relieves pain), and anti-spasmodic.
As a volatile oil it has an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties which help relieve inflamed and irritated conditions, tension and colicky pains. Chamomile tea is an extremely effective remedy for hysterical and nervous afflictions in women, as well as an emmenagogue (promotes menstrual flow) thus is used in premenstrual tension.The tea is steeped from 10 to 15 minutes in a covered container so not to have its essences lost to atmosphere. One teaspoon of flowers is used per cup of tea.
Chamomile has a powerful soothing and sedative effect which is harmless. It is used for agitation generated by too much mental activity and too little physical activity. Also used in insomnia, as it helps to promote sleep when changing time zone while traveling.
 

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