Chamomile -Matricaria recutita
Tea; flatulence, travel sickness, nervous diarrhea, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, also gastrointestinal (GI) spasms, colic, inflammatory diseases of the GI tract, GI ulcers associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Topically; hemorrhoids, mastitis, leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, peristomal skin lesions, skin, anogenital and mucous membrane inflammation, atopic dermatitis, and bacterial skin diseases, including those of the mouth and gums. It is also used as a mouthwash for treating ulcers of the mouth.
Those with allergies to ragweed may experience an allergy to chamomile because they are related, though this is not very frequent. But can in extremely rare cases be severe:
Chamomile has known antiplatelet activity and should be avoided by those taking blood thinning medication, or scheduled for surgery. Avoid for 2 weeks prior and after.
Chamomile also acts as a sedative and should be avoided for those taking sedative drugs because it can strengthen the effects.
Chamomile may make asthma worse, so people with asthma should not take it.
Pregnant women should avoid chamomile because of the risk of miscarriage.
Chamomile may act like estrogen in the body, so women with a history of hormone-sensitive cancers, such as breast or uterine cancer, should ask their doctors before taking it.
Drinking large amounts of highly concentrated chamomile tea may cause vomiting.
Chamomile may cause drowsiness, so don’t take it and drive.
In addition there are several possible drug interactions that can occur including medications for blood pressure and diabetes. Chamomile can lower blood pressure and blood sugars.
Some specific drugs that are broken down in the liver like chamomile and may interact at such a point are;
Statins (drugs that can lower cholesterol)
Birth control pills
Some antifungal drugs
No specific cautions for babies and children.
If a pregnant woman consumes chamomile tea and feels any reason for concern contact care provider and inform them.
If a diabetic, asthmatic, or someone taking any of the medications noted above has consumed the tea watch closely for signs of an adverse event (significant changes in blood sugar, asthma attack, ect.) and contact a care provider or emergency services as appropriate.
Any spills from the tea resulting in burns should be treated as a normal burn.
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