German chamomile

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The essential oil that gives chamomile its characteristic smell also imparts antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, while its bitter principles help stimulate the secretion of gastric juices. This combination of actions, along with its renowned calming effects, make chamomile a very useful herb for the treatment of nausea, especially when it is due to, or accompanied by, anxiety and emotional upset. 0 DOS \(!K Infuse 1 to 2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers in boiling water; drink 3 to 4 cups per day. Children over the age of 4 years can take a third to a half of the adult dose.

Cautions

• In some cases, nausea and vomiting may be symptomatic of underlying disease. See your doctor if symptoms are severe, prolonged or occur frequently.

• Medical attention is also warranted if nausea is accompanied by severe abdominal pain, confusion, headache or a stiff neck, or is triggered by a head injury.

• Dehydration can occur as a consequence of vomiting. Watch out for symptoms such as dry lips and mouth, decreased urination and rapid pulse, especially in children. Rehydrate using an electrolyte replacement supplement (available from pharmacies), and seek medical advice immediately.

• Ginger should not be taken for 2 weeks prior to undergoing surgery. However, in consultation with your physician, a single dose can be taken just prior to surgery to reduce post-operative nausea.

• Don't use peppermint if you suffer from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORDI or hiatus hernia, because its antispasmodic effect may worsen your symptoms by relaxing the esophageal sphincter and

German chamomile grows wild throughout

Europe where it has long been used medicinally.

German chamomile grows wild throughout

Europe where it has long been used medicinally.

allowing reflux to occur more readily. Ginger is also contraindicated in reflux and should not be used medicinally if you suffer from gastric ulcer or gallstones.

• Don't use chamomile if you are allergic to members of the Asteraceae family of plants (for example daisies, chicory, chrysanthemums and echinacea).

• With the exception of normal culinary quantities of peppermint and German chamomile, do not use any of the herbs on this page if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.

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