Chamomile, scientific name chamomilla vulgaris or Matricaria chamomilla of the Compositae family, is probably one of the oldest remedies known to humans. From this plant various herbal products are obtained such as essential oils or herbal teas but also a mother tincture, a beneficial and practical remedy that we will discuss in this article.
Chamomile mother tincture, properties
Chamomile mother tincture, thanks to the substances contained in it such as terpenoids and flavonoids, the main are apigenin, rutin and quercetin, shows anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, sedative and antibacterial properties (Al Dabbagh et al, BMC Res Notes, 2019 - Haghi et al, Res Pharm Sci, 2004). Given these characteristics, the mother tincture of chamomile is helpful to alleviate the symptoms related to the irritable bowel, since it reduces the muscle spasms associated with all those conditions of inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, but also menstrual pain, neuralgia, toothache and ulcers. In fact, as scientific studies have shown, chamomile seems to inhibit the action of helicobacter pylori, the bacterium considered to be the main cause of stomach ulcer. Not only that, remedies that include chamomile among their ingredients have been shown to reduce the production in stomach of acid and to increase that of protective mucus (Srivastava et al, Mol Med Report, 2011).
Chamomile mother tincture, how to take it and warnings
You can take 30 drops of chamomile mother tincture 3 times a day between meals and in a little water. In case of dental problems you can take 5 drops when needed in a little water. Even if no toxicity has been recorded at the indicated doses, in any case pay attention if you are already taking drugs. In fact, the mother tincture of chamomile could have interactions, in the literature it is indeed indicated that this remedy could increase the anticoagulant action of warfarin (Garcia Pinto et al, Pharmacogn Mag, 2013). Do not use in pregnancy and do not prolong the treatment for long periods or use too much remedy, as it may cause insomnia and nausea and may act on the body's hormones. In fact, chamomile extracts have been observed to decrease estrogen levels (Johari et al, International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2011).