Chamomilla is an herbal medication that comes from the German chamomile plant. The leaves and flower of German chamomile may be dried out and placed into capsules or the plant can be crushed to release its natural oils. The administration method for chamomilla will typically depend on the health condition that a person is trying to treat.
Herbalists believe that chamomilla is an effective natural sedative. It may be recommended in larger amounts to people with difficulty sleeping. The herb is also thought to work as an alternative to anti-anxiety medications and may be used in smaller doses to treat any anxiety disorders. In some cases, herbalists may recommend the herb for children who exhibit signs of hyperactivity or difficulty focusing. For use as a sedative, the herb will generally be taken orally.
Chamomilla may also be used by some as a possible treatment for any conditions affecting the digestive system. It is believed to be an anti-spasmodic, meaning it may be able to reduce or completely eliminate painful contractions of the intestines that may occur during digestive problems. Conditions that may use chamomilla as an alternative treatment option include irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. It can also be used as a possible treatment option for colic, a condition that causes severe intestinal cramping in babies. The herb will typically be administered orally for digestive problems.
The oil extracted from the German chamomile plant can be used topically for a variety of skin conditions. Herbalists believe the oil has soothing, anti-inflammatory abilities. It can be applied onto the skin as a treatment for acne, as well as skin rashes and insect bites. The oil can also be added into bath water so a person can soak it in, especially if he or she has a skin condition that affects a large area of the body.
The effectiveness of herbal medicines like chamomilla has not been conclusively proven. Both doctors and herbalists may advise against the use of this herb for people with chronic conditions who are taking other medications. The herb may cause medications, such as oral contraceptives, antifungal, and cholesterol regulators, to not work properly because it can affect the body’s ability to properly digest them. Since it can cause drowsiness, the herb is also not recommended to be combined with other prescription sedatives or alcohol because it could slow the heart rate to a dangerously low level and even result in death.