How does German Chamomile work?
German chamomile contains chemicals that might have relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Are there safety concerns?
German chamomile seems safe when taken by mouth for short periods of time. The long-term safety of German chamomile is unknown. German chamomile can cause allergic reactions in some people. It is in the same plant family as ragweed, marigolds, daisies, and other related herbs.
When applied topically, German chamomile can cause allergic skin reactions. When applied near the eyes, German chamomile may cause eye irritation.
Do not take German chamomile in medicinal amounts if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You are allergic to ragweed or related plants.
- You have a hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.
- You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. German chamomile might cause excessive sedation if combined with medications used during and after surgery.