Chamomile or camomile (pronounced /ˈkæmɵmiːl/ kam-ə-meel or /ˈkæmɵmaɪl/ kam-ə-myl[1]) is a common name for several daisy-like plants. These plants are best known for their ability to be made into a tea which is commonly used to help with sleep and is often served with either honey or lemon. Chrysin, a specific flavonoid found in chamomile, has been shown to be anxiolytic in rodents[2][3] and is believed to be at least partially responsible for chamomile’s reputation as a sleep aid. Chamomile is the national flower of Russia. It is known to reduce stress.[4] The flora labelled “chamomile”, all of the family Asteraceae, include:

And to some extent other Anthemis species, such as:

Medicinal and alternative therapy uses

Preliminary research suggests chamomile is an effective therapy for anxiety.[6] [7]

MedlinePlus and The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine caution of rare allergic reactionsatopic dermatitis (skin rash), drowsiness or sedation, the potential to stimulate theuterus, leading to miscarriage and the unevaluated safety of breastfeeding while taking chamomile,[8] although some sources do not contraindicate breastfeeding.[9] Interactions with other herbs and medicines have not been well studied for chamomile.

MedlinePlus also states that Chamomile may increase drowsiness if taken with lorazepam or diazepambarbituratesphenobarbitalnarcoticsantidepressants and alcohol.[citation needed

{Information courtesy Wikipedia}