ChamomileMatricaria chamomilla / Manzanilla
Energetics: Drying, Sweet, Aromatic, Gentle,
Actions: Relaxant, Soothing, Antispasmodic (Relaxes spasms & cramps), Nervine (calms nerves) Carminative (Relieving cramping and expelling gas), Anti-inflammatory, Anti-Fungal
Found In: Lights Out
The sweet, endearing, and familiar taste of chamomile alone can be calming. Known as Manzanilla aquí en Mexico City where we're based, chamomile is widely considered as one of the most ancestral medicinal herbs to humankind; commonly used for ailments like insomnia, muscle spasms, inflammation, gastrointestinal issues in the gut, and in some cases menstrual disorders .
Usually prepared as a tea in dried flowers form, chamomile contains nearly 28 terpenoids and 36 flavonoids in the biomass of its flowers and stems, contributing to the majority of its medicinal properties . Yet, it is also a very promising ally when used topically. Studies show that it can beneficial on the skin for atopic eczema, hemorrhoids, and vaginitis often caused by lower levels of estrogen in menopausal bodies, and postpartum perineal healing from vaginal itching .
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