Household Healers: Chamomile Tea
You probably already have it sitting around in your cupboard. You might as well learn about all the things it can treat. Trust me – sleep is not the only thing it helps with! These are some of the many ways I have found use for chamomile tea for both myself and patients.
Chamomile is great for digestive issues. In fact, historically this was a main use for this herb. I’ve seen it help with both constipation and diarrhea. This is especially true when it’s blended with other herbs. It’s also a great go-to for nausea, indigestion, gas and general stomach aches.
Taking a couple cups of chamomile tea per day before cramps start is one of many ways to prevent period cramps.
Black tea bags have all the fame for getting rid of sties. Chamomile tea bags are also great for this. They’re anti-inflammatory and heal irritated tissue. When it comes to sties, I like to alternate between the two types of teabags.
CANKER SORES AND GINGIVITIS
In herbal terms, chamomile is known as a “vulnerary”. This means it heals wounds. This could be one reason why chamomile tea is helpful for canker sores, gingivitis, gastritis, ulcers and sore throats.
DIFFICULTY SLEEPING AND ANXIETY
This is chamomile’s claim to fame. It calms the nervous system so it’s helpful for anxiety and mild sleep issues. I usually recommend a more advanced treatment plan for more severe sleep problems.
As with all my posts, this information is no replacement for personal medical advice. It’s just FYI. Some people are allergic to chamomile and it’s contraindicated in pregnancy. When in doubt, always talk to an expert.
Dr. Samantha Dass is currently a naturopathic doctor working at Holland Landing Health Centre in East Gwillimbury, Ontario, which services Holland Landing, Newmarket, Aurora, Keswick and Bradford areas. If you are interested in naturopathic services please contact Holland Landing Health Centre at 905-853-7900 or via e-mail at [email protected]!