Chamomile - Matricaria recutita
Everyone experiences mild digestive discomfort from time to time. Instead of reaching for an over-the-counter medicine, it can be helpful to drink a chamomile tisane instead. Its stomach-soothing properties may relax muscles to improve sluggish digestion, settle unpleasant gas, lessen stomach pain and sooth general digestive discomfort.
The simple act of sipping a hot cup of tea is generally calming, and folk medicine has long used chamomile for its ability to soothe the body into a state of restfulness. A caffeine-free tisane such as chamomile “tea” isn't habit-forming and can be used as often as necessary to promote restful nights.
Studies have shown that drinking chamomile tea may increase body levels of a chemical called hippurate, a natural immune booster. It is believed that regularly consuming tea made with chamomile may strengthen the immune system, making it easier to fight off common illnesses.
Infusions of chamomile are believed to be useful for clearing up skin problems, both in oral and topical preparations. The herb may help in cases of eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and some forms of acne. People suffering from skin lesions and burns may benefit from chamomile’s ability to promote the production of collagen proteins necessary for speeding up the healing process.