Daily Dose of Chamomile: 1-4 cups
Chamomile is an herb that has been used as medicine and tea to help induce sleep and as a calming agent. There are 2 types of chamomile that are widely used, German and Roman, which parallel each other and are even used interchangeably in medicine. These two types of chamomile have been used to effectively treat several ailments, such as travel sickness, intestinal gas, nervous diarrhea, restlessness, and even ADD and ADHD (Attention deficit disorder). It can also be used as an anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and to promote menstrual flow. Roman chamomile can be used for similar purposes but it is not as potent as its German counterpart. German chamomile has a higher quantity of chamazulene, which is the active ingredient. Thus, it is more effective in treating conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, and gastritis. The Roman type, on the other hand, has less chamazulene, making it a gentler anti-inflammatory agent. It contains a higher alcohol content and is better suited for treating skin conditions and other topical conditions. Both species supply a pungent, blue colored, essential oil that has been used since ancient times. The only difference between them is that the Roman type is a lighter blue when it is fresh and can be extracted from the flower and upper parts of the plant. The German species is only present in the flower and has an inky, dark color.
There is no standard dosage for chamomile but research has used quantities of 400mg-1600mg daily in capsule form. Most people just drink it in tea form, usually 1 to 4 cups a day. Besides tea, chamomile flowers are also added to some food and drinks as a flavoring. Chamomile is considered safe but if taken in large doses it may cause drowsiness and vomiting. It may also trigger allergic reactions to those who are allergic to plants. Pregnant women are advised not to take chamomile because it can cause uterine contractions that can cause miscarriage.
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