German Chamomile
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German Chamomile

German chamomile is a plant that has been described in ancient medical writings and was an important herb in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

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›  Health benefits

Some studies have suggested that German chamomile is helpful when taken for anxiety. It is also used to treat sleeplessness and gastrointestinal issues such as gas, upset stomach and diarrhea. There have been reports that chamomile has negative interactions with the blood thinner warfarin and also cyclosporine (used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs). Because of this, there may be side effects when used with other drugs, but there have not been enough studies completed to know for sure.

›  How much do I need?

The appropriate dose depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

›  Dietary supplements

The flowering heads of German chamomile are used to make teas, liquid extracts, capsules or tablets, and they can also be ground for use in creams and ointments, or used as a mouth rinse.

Source: National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements

Please consult your health care provider before making changes to your vitamin/supplement regimen.

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