German chamomile is part of the chamomile family, which includes Roman/English chamomile. German chamomile may be slightly different from its counterpart; however, its use by the body is relatively the same. The use of chamomile dates back several thousand years, when ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used this substance to treat over 13 different ailments, which include anxiety, insomnia, chest colds, acne and stomach ulcers.
German chamomile is characterized by its shrub appearance, which features white flowers. This plant typically grows up to 3 feet tall, and it can be found in Europe, Asia and Africa; however, it has been naturalized to grow in the United States.
One of the most common modern day uses of German chamomile is to help treat insomnia or anxiety. A study outlined by the University of Maryland states that the use of German chamomile helped provide anxiety relief when used in small doses; however, the higher the dose the more effective this herb was for those who suffer from insomnia.
Another popular use of German chamomile is to treat mouth sores, or gingivitis. While many mouthwashes come with German chamomile, studies outlined by the University of Maryland state using German chamomile may help reduce the effects of gingivitis; however, results from such studies are conflicting. This is also suggested that rinsing the mouth with German chamomile may help reduce the likelihood of developing mouth sores due to chemotherapy or other radiation therapies.
To take German chamomile, you will want to make a tea. To do so, bring one cup of water to a rolling boil. Place three large tablespoons of dried German chamomile into the water, cover and allow the mixture to steep for ten to fifteen minutes. Drink up to four times per day. To use German chamomile as a mouthwash, make this tea and allow it to cool. Gargle after brushing teeth.