German Chamomile - Coping with Stress

Kristyn Bango

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is a sweet tea that is widely used throughout history and still one of the most popular herbal teas consumed today. Chamomile is generally considered safe for a majority of people but should not be consumed if there is a ragweed allergy present. Chamomile has a vast amount of health benefits which includes assisting in the reduction of the body's stress response, anxiety depression and other related disorders. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and a nervine.

As a nervine it relaxes the nervous system and eases tension. A nervine can be stimulating or sedative response. In the case of chamomile, it is sedative that helps to calm the CNS (central nervous system) 

As an anti-spasmodic it works on the nerves and muscles in turn relaxing the whole body. It may also help to relieve physiological tension.

As an anti-inflammatory it helps to soothe inflammation in the body which can be an underlying symptom caused by long term stress.

Additionally, chamomile is a mild sedative making it the perfect tea to sip at night before bed. It's capable of easing tension, calming the mind and helping to facilitate a restful sleep. This is helpful when looking for ways to reset and recharge. 

As an infusion, chamomile can be taken internally using two to three teaspoons of dried or fresh herb in one cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes in a covered container to retain its volatile components. This can be consumed three to four times a day.  Chamomile can also be used in a relaxing bath to ease tension in the body. Try this by mixing one to two drops of chamomile essential oil in one cup of epsom salt and dissolve in warm water. 

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