Nutrition and DietContraindications of chamomile: when it is not appropriate to take it

Contraindications of chamomile: when it is not appropriate to take it

Who cannot take chamomile? Find out what its contraindications are, and when its consumption is not recommended.

The Chamomile is one of the most popular medicinal plants known to exist as a natural remedy when different problems and different alleviate digestive and stomach. For example, it becomes a recognized traditional remedy in case of gas and flatulence, while helping to improve digestion (being useful, therefore, if you suffer from indigestion or heavy digestion).

Known by the names of common chamomile or Roman chamomile, and with the scientific name of Matric aria recutita, the truth is that chamomile is a plant that enjoys a recognized popularity. It belongs to the Composite family, and is easily recognizable by its sweet aroma and its characteristic small white flowers.

Regarding the benefits of chamomile, as we indicated in the previous lines, we are faced with a plant with recognized both stomach and digestive action, so that it helps in case of indigestion or digestive inflammations, being useful to alleviate the gas or gastritis-related symptoms.

Its use as a relaxant is interesting, thanks to the fact that it provides a sedative effect that makes it an ideal option in case of anxiety, insomnia, stress or nervousness.

In fact, in relation to this quality, it is very common for many moms to put a little chamomile in their baby’s bottles when he is somewhat nervous (it is as surely as you know about one of the most common natural remedies related to with chamomile).

In case of cold or sore throat, chamomile is also very suitable, although the truth is that we are faced with two qualities that are not so well known or popular. On this occasion its use in the form of vapors is useful. How? Very simple: covering your head with the help of a towel and breathing its infusion.

Who cannot take chamomile?

A suitable option when it comes to enjoying the different benefits of this plant is to make a chamomile infusion, which is made very simply: you only need to put the equivalent of a cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Just when the water starts to boil add a teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers, and bring to a boil. After 3 minutes turn off the heat, strain and drink.

However, despite being a very beneficial medicinal herb both for general health and for the treatment of certain ailments or problems, the truth is that the contraindications of chamomile should always be taken into account:

  • Pregnant women: chamomile essential oil has an uterotonic effect, which can cause abortion.
  • Children under 5 years of age: due to the allergenic power of the different components that we find in chamomile essential oil, the consumption of this oil is not recommended in children under 5 years of age.
  • People allergic to chamomile: the consumption of chamomile infusion or its essential oils is not recommended for people allergic to chamomile.
  • People allergic to pollen: the consumption of chamomile is not recommended in people with an allergy to pollen, allergic rhinitis or allergy to ragweed and chrysanthemum.

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