There are many different species of chamomile, the two most commonly are German Chamomile (Marticaria recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The flowers have been used since Ancient times for their calming and anti-inflammatory properties.
A chamomile ointment can be used for haemorrhoids, skin ulcers and wounds. A lotion can also soothe skin rashes including eczema.
Chamomile tea can relieve restlessness, teething problems and colic in children. Try adding chamomile tea bags or the essential oil to your bath to ease the itch from eczema and other rashes. Its anti-inflammatory action may speed healing and prevent bacterial infection.
As a tea or extract, it promotes general relaxation and relieves stress. Chamomile’s mildly sedating and muscle-relaxing effects may help those who suffer from insomnia to fall asleep more easily. It also aids digestion when taken as a tea after meals and assists with gastro-intestinal problems due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic actions.