Chamomile is widely used in traditional folk medicine all over the world, especially in Europe and Asia.
I grow up in Europe, and during that time I was often seeking benefits from this herb, especially during winter and autumn, when common colds are frequent guests in any household.
The active constituents of chamomile have anti-inflammatory properties, and ease spasm and discomfort in the digestive tract, and it may also be used as a tonic for inflamed skin.
Chamomile tea may be used as a mild sedative, and is good for insomnia as well as many other nervous conditions. It is nervine and sedative especially suited to teething children and those who have been in a highly emotional state over a long period of time. Animal studies have shown that German Chamomile reduces inflammation, speeds wound healing, reduces muscle spasms, and serves as a mild sedative to help with sleep. Test tube studies have also shown that chamomile has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.