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Chamomile one of the most widely known and popular herbal teas. It is an excellent digestive and relaxing remedy, and is also an effective antispasmodic. Chamomile has a powerful effect on the nervous system, helping alleviate psychological anxiety and the physiological symptoms of stress.

Chamomile can be used to ease digestive problems, to treat colds and allergies, and also relaxes the peripheral nerves and muscle. It is famous as a remedy (as a tea as well as a homeopathic) for anxious or irritated babies, teething pain and colic. For hay fever and sinus congestion it can be used as a facial steam.

Chamomile is even said to be medicinal to other plants – try placing a chamomile plant next to a sick plant in your garden and see what happens!

David Hoffman (2003), Medical Herbalism, pp. 565, Mathew Wood (2008) The Earthwise Herbal pp. 177

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