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Chamomile pills: Chamomile Plant, Tea, and Oils: Health Benefits and Uses

Chamomile Plant, Tea, and Oils: Health Benefits and Uses

Written by R. Morgan Griffin

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas, RD, LD on April 21, 2023

In this Article

  • Why do people take chamomile?
  • How much chamomile should you take?
  • Can you get chamomile naturally from foods?
  • What are the risks of taking chamomile?

Chamomile has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to calm anxiety and settle stomachs. In the U.S., chamomile is best known as an ingredient in herbal tea.

Chamomile is considered a safe plant and has been used in many cultures for stomach ailments and as a mild sedative. Some studies, primarily using combinations of chamomile with other plants, show it may have health benefits. However, as with any combination product, it is hard to say that a benefit comes from any one plant.

One product with chamomile and other herbal medicines has been shown to ease upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting. Another mixture with chamomile seems to help colicky babies.

A mouth rinse with chamomile might relieve mouth sores caused by cancer treatments. Some research suggests that chamomile could help with other conditions, like diarrhea in children, hemorrhoids, anxiety, and insomnia. When used on the skin, chamomile might help with skin irritation and wound healing. Some research has documented that it may be as effective as hydrocortisone cream for eczema.

There is no standard dose of chamomile. Studies have used between 900 milligrams to 1200 milligrams daily in capsule form. The most common form is a tea, and some people drink one to four cups daily. To make chamomile tea, steep a chamomile tea bag or chamomile flowers in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes in a mug covered with a saucer. Then, drink the infusion when it has cooled to the point it is safe to drink. Ask your doctor for other advice.

Chamomile flowers are a common ingredient in teas. They’re also used as a flavoring in other foods and drinks.

  • Side effects. Most experts say chamomile is safe. It can cause drowsiness and, in large doses, vomiting. It also has the potential to trigger allergic reactions in people who are allergic to related plants in the daisy family, although such reactions are very rare. Avoid it if you are allergic to these plants: chamomile, ragweed, daisies, marigolds, or chrysanthemums. Skin creams with chamomile can cause allergic eczema and irritate the eyes. The effects of long-term chamomile use aren’t known.
  • Risks. Check with your doctor before using chamomile if you have any health problems. Chamomile contains a small amount of coumarin, which may have very mild blood thinning effects, but usually just in high doses for long periods of time. Stop using chamomile two weeks before surgery due to concerns about its possible interactions with anesthetic drugs.
  • Interactions. If you take any drugs regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using chamomile supplements. They could interact with sedatives, blood thinners, antiplatelet drugs, aspirin, NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen, and other drugs. Chamomile could also interact with supplements like ginkgo biloba, garlic, saw palmetto, St. John’s wort, and valerian.

Given the lack of evidence about its long-term safety, chamomile is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk to a pediatrician before giving chamomile to infants and children.

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8 benefits of chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is a natural remedy for a wide range of health issues. The nutrients it contains may help manage diabetes, menstrual pain, and sleep problems, among others.

Research into chamomile tea suggests it may have many benefits, although more research is needed.

For most people, chamomile tea is safe to try as a supplement to other treatments, but it should not replace mainstream medical treatments when people have serious illnesses.

The potency of various chamomile teas varies, with some containing significantly more chamomile than others. The more potent teas are also more likely to cause side effects in people who are vulnerable to them. Consequently, it is safest to start with a low dosage and work up to larger doses slowly.

Chamomile contains chemicals called flavonoids. These flavonoids are a type of nutrient present in many plants, and they play a significant role in chamomile’s medicinal effects.

Researchers are not sure yet what other chemicals are present in chamomile that account for its benefits.

The potential benefits of chamomile tea, for which there is the most evidence, include:


Menstrual symptoms

In 2019, some researchers concluded that chamomile’s anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, sedative, and anti-anxiety properties might help relieve anxiety and discomfort due to premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

2. Diabetes and blood sugar

Some studies have found that chamomile tea can lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.

Research suggests that chamomile might improve glycemic and lipid profiles and oxidative stress levels in people with diabetes mellitus and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.

The results do not show that chamomile is a viable substitute for diabetes medications, but it may be a helpful supplement to existing treatments.

3. Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the progressive loss of bone density. This loss increases the risk of broken bones and stooped posture.

A study published in 2022 found that chamomile helped prevent osteoporosis in rats due to steroid treatment. The antioxidant effects of the flavonoids in chamomile could help prevent osteoporosis by reducing oxidative stress.

4. Inflammation

Inflammation is an immune system reaction to fight infection. Chamomile tea contains compounds that may reduce inflammation.

Long-term inflammation is linked to various health problems, including hemorrhoids, gastrointestinal pain, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, obesity, and depression.

5. Cancer

Some studies suggest that chamomile tea may target cancer cells or even prevent those cells from developing in the first place.

Results from laboratory tests have suggested that compounds in chamomile may help prevent the growth of glioma, liver cancer, cervical cancer, and leukemia.

However, more research is needed to prove chamomile’s anticancer claims.

6. Sleep and relaxation

Chamomile tea may help people relax and fall asleep.

A 2019 review noted that, after 2–4 weeks of treatment with chamomile, people with generalized anxiety disorder saw an improvement in symptoms. Treatment with chamomile may also improve sleep quality.

However, there was no evidence that chamomile can reduce symptoms when a person is in an anxious situation. Also, it does not appear to prevent insomnia.

7. Cold symptoms

Anecdotal evidence and some studies suggest that inhaling steam with chamomile extract can relieve some of the symptoms of the common cold. However, this benefit is not proven yet.

8. Mild skin conditions

Some research indicates that topical products containing chamomile may help:

  • treat acne
  • repair sensitive skin
  • reduce skin dehydration

This could be due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, and antimicrobial properties.

While chamomile tea may reduce inflammation, cosmetic options include lotions and soaps. However, people should do a patch test before using on a wider area to check first for adverse effects.

The following groups should avoid chamomile unless advised otherwise by a doctor:

  • People with a history of severe allergies: Chamomile may not be safe for people who have a known allergy to ragwort, daisy, chrysanthemum, or marigolds, which are related plants. It may cause a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis.
  • People who have previously had an allergic reaction, even mild, to chamomile products: They should avoid chamomile, as allergic reactions can get worse with time.
  • Drug interactions: Chamomile can interact with blood-thinning drugs, such as warfarin. A person should check with a doctor before increasing their intake of chamomile, especially if they have an existing health issue.
  • Infants and very young children: Chamomile tea, similar to honey and some other natural products, may contain botulism spores. Most healthy adults can fight off a botulism infection, but infants may not be able to. Many doctors recommend infants and young children avoid honey and chamomile products.

It is not safe to use chamomile as a substitute for proven medical treatments. If someone takes any medications, they should ask their doctor about potential interactions with chamomile tea.

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life threatening. The symptoms develop suddenly and include:

  • hives
  • swelling of the face or mouth
  • wheezing
  • fast, shallow breathing
  • a fast heart rate
  • clammy skin
  • anxiety or confusion
  • dizziness
  • vomiting
  • blue or white lips
  • fainting or loss of consciousness

If someone has these symptoms:

  1. Check whether they are carrying an epinephrine pen. If they are, follow the instructions on the side of the pen to use it.
  2. Dial 911 or the number of the nearest emergency department.
  3. Lay the person down from a standing position. If they have vomited, turn them onto their side.
  4. Stay with them until the emergency services arrive.

Some people may need more than one epinephrine injection. If the symptoms do not improve in 5–15 minutes, or they come back, use a second pen if the person has one.

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Chamomile tea has been used in natural medicine for thousands of years, often with encouraging results. For now, however, it remains a supplement and not a medication.

People interested in trying chamomile tea should use it as a supplement and not a replacement for their usual medication regimen. In regular doses, such as 1–2 cups a day, it is possible to see incremental health improvements.

90,000 Polyecostart, 60 tablets of 650 mg

chamomile polyescracy in tablets-complex protection of the gastrointestinal tract and biliary tract

“Polyekstrak of chamomile”-100% natural phyto-drug, which exert anti-inflammatory, grocery, antispasmodic and moderate antimicrobial effects.

The main component is a polyextract of chamomile flowers, which promotes the outflow of bile, reduces fermentation processes in the intestines, increases the secretion of digestive glands, which normalizes acidity. Taking the drug helps to accelerate cell regeneration, which speeds up the healing of stomach ulcers.

Indications for the use of chamomile polyextract

The drug can be used in combination therapy for the treatment and prevention of the following disorders:

  • Gastritis
  • Flatulence
  • Chronic enteritis, colitis
  • Inflammation of the gastric mucosa
  • Colic, pain, intestinal cramps
  • Low acidity
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastric and duodenal ulcer
  • Biliary dyskinesia (impaired bile secretion)
  • Cholecystitis
  • and other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and gallbladder

Composition and pharmacological action of active substances of chamomile

Medicinal plant flower baskets contain essential oil rich in healing active substances:

  • Chamazulene — accelerates cell regeneration, has an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Farnesen – promotes healthy digestion, relieves spasms in the intestines, inhibits the growth of bacteria.
  • Bisabolol – has an antimicrobial and antibacterial effect, improves the functions of the stomach.
  • Bisabolol oxides A and B — have antiulcer and antispasmodic effects, accelerate epithelialization.
  • Flavonoids (P-vitamins) — have a positive effect on all systems and organs, have a general strengthening effect.
  • Coumarin – characterized by antiviral, antispasmodic, antibacterial, soothing and antioxidant effects.

The essential oil of flowers also contains polysaccharides, choline, polyins and other compounds that are useful in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

Active ingredient In 1 tablet, 650 mg
Camomile flowers micronized vegetable raw material 540. 0
Chamomile flowers dry extract 110.0

What is polyextraction

Polyextraction is the sequential use of several solvent-extractants to obtain all useful substances from the feedstock.

The polyextraction process consists of 3 to 5 steps.

  • Extraction of terpene substances and phenols.
  • Extraction of fractions of carotenoids, chlorophylls, triglycerides and tocopherols.
  • Collection of glycosides and naphthoquines.
  • Stage of the protein-polysaccharide fraction.

High concentration alcohol is used first, over 80%. It takes in essential oil components, phytosterols and other low-polar substances that cannot be dissolved in water or are destroyed when heated.

At the next stages, the raw material is again processed with alcohol already diluted in different proportions in order to collect simple phenols, phenolic glycosides, coumarins, organic acids.

And at the final stages, water with a slight addition of ethanol acts as a dissolving medium. This stage takes away the remains of active substances, the main of which are antioxidants.

All resulting fractions are combined and go through a series of chemical processes to eliminate ethanol and improve the uniformity of the composition. The final solution contains only biologically active substances and water, without preservatives, sugar and alcohol.

All components retain their natural structure, as in a living cell. This is achieved by low-temperature conditions and a strictly regulated procedure for processing raw materials. Which is not possible using conventional methods of extraction in boiling water or digestion.

How to take chamomile in tablets

One pack of herbal medicine contains 60 tablets and is designed for a course of administration – 1 month. During the course, you should take 1-2 tablets in the morning and in the evening half an hour after meals. For better assimilation and rapid absorption, it is recommended to chew the tablets with water. You can repeat the course of taking the drug only after a 10-day break.

Contraindications for taking

Individual intolerance to the components. During pregnancy, lactation and children under 12 consult a physician before taking.

Buy natural chamomile polyextract in Moscow

You can buy Polyextract Chamomile phytopreparation in the Russian Roots branded network of our phyto-pharmacies or order it through the online store. Orders from the online store are delivered by courier in Moscow and the Moscow region. By region — Russian Post, SDEK, Boxberry, 5Post»

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