Chamomile has been used in traditional Chinese, Thai and Ayurvedic traditional healing for concerns related to the nervous and digestive systems, including indigestion, ulcers and abdominal pain. Ancient Egyptians and Romans used Chamomile freely in tea and salves, particular for anxiety and insomnia.
A low-growing herb with dense clusters of flowers, Chamomile prefers cooler climates, blooming almost the entire year. Chamomile has exhibited antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in scientific studies. This is due to its main essential oil components, including Apigenin, Coumarin, Flavonoids, Phenolic Acids and Fatty Acids. As an antispasmodic, it is helpful in calming irritable bowels. Today Chamomile teas are commonly used to help relax and sleep.