Chamomile tea has such a mild taste and has many medicinal purposes. Look for plain chamomile, instead of those fused and blended with other herbs and flavors.
Drinking something hot and soothing a half hour or so before bed does help the body relax and make it more susceptible to sleep. The chamomile flower - no matter its species - contains relaxants and is an anti-spasmodic. That might help give you the edge you may need to fall asleep.
Chamomile tea also has antibacterial properties, so you can put it right on your skin (if it's cool enough!)
❍ Not only does drinking the tea help with mild menstrual cramps or painful cramps from diarrhea, but the hot bags can also be wrapped in an old towel and placed on the point of pain for relief.
Be careful - these can be hot.
❍ When you get itchy eyes, either wash your eyes with cooled chamomile tea or place the warm, wet tea bags over your closed eyes.
❍ Bathe mildly itchy skin with cooled or lukewarm chamomile tea.
❍ Bathe mild or first-degree burns in COOL tea for pain relief and to clean the area.
❍ Use a hot tea bag wrapped in an old dish towel or bandage or soak cotton pads in hot chamomile tea as a hot compress for mild earaches, especially if your ears have been irritated by the use of earplugs, or by scratching them too much.
❍ Some women use the warm chamomile tea bags to relieve cystitis, using the warm tea as a douche or inserting the used tea bag like a tampon.
Chamomile is one of the herbs that helps the digestion move along happily, including peppermint, ginger, fennel and parsley. But for one reason or another, you might not like the other teas made from the other herbs. Peppermint is not good for little children or for many people with GERD-type acid reflux disease.
This is also soothing for people who have sickness due to traveling and cannot take peppermint tea.
Chamomile tea can be drunk to prevent or ease morning sickness. Pregnant mothers, first check with your healthcare provider first about drinking any herbal teas beyond the second trimester.
Chamomille oil is also a great painkiller, anti-spasmodic, antibacterial, and relaxant.
Gargle with a mouthful of chamomile tea, and then spit it out as you would any mouthwash. Gargle once a day or as often as you like.
If you are allergic to the ragweed family, reframe from using chamomile tea, chamomile-infused beauty products and just about anything else having to do with chamomile.
sources: homeremediesweb.com, traditionalmedicinals.com