Chamomile: Contraindications of chamomile | Pakhamhos

Chamomile: Contraindications of chamomile

Chamomile is one of the most used herbs to treat a large number of conditions: digestive problems, weight problems, excellent cleanser for the skin, widely used in periods of stress for its soothing properties ... And ultimately a natural remedy that It is very useful in daily life.

 However, although with very few exceptions, chamomile can be counterproductive, so it should be taken with caution and with the necessary information to know in which cases it should not be administered. Let's see which are the situations in which chamomile should not be taken.

People allergic to pollen

People allergic to pollen should avoid the intake of chamomile. The reason is that chamomile is a flower and therefore can produce an allergic reaction in anyone who has an allergy to flowering plants.

The most frequent reactions can be from the classic and annoying allergic rhinitis, to itchy throat or swelling in the face among others. It is best to avoid chamomile if you begin to experience any of these symptoms and resort to a histamine if the symptoms are mild. At the time they get worse, it is essential to go to a medical center.

Pregnant women should avoid consumption of chamomile despite the benefits that this plant has to calm the digestive problems so frequent during pregnancy. On the one hand, and despite the fact that there are no conclusive studies confirming this, it is necessary to restrict the consumption of chamomile during the first months of pregnancy, especially since it is during this first trimester when the baby's organs are being formed and there may be indications of spontaneous abortions related to this plant.

On the other hand, once the first trimester is over, chamomile could be related to a high probability of premature delivery.

The key is to make moderate use of chamomile and avoid taking it in large quantities, although in any case it must be the obstetrician in charge of recommending or restricting its intake.

Children under the age of five fall into the group of people who should maintain a consumption of chamomile in small doses even though it may be beneficial to treat stomach pain or intestinal problems. Special care should be taken with those children who begin to have symptoms of pollen allergy, and in the case of babies should limit their consumption since the space that occupies in the stomach can make them take less milk than they need to their growth, and even that the taste of chamomile makes them get used to it more than to milk.

We must also take into account that the chamomile preparations indicated for children and infants contain added sugars in order to make the taste more pleasant, however it is this excess of sugars that should be avoided in babies.

The way in which chamomile should be restricted in young children is when it is presented in an essential oil format, since in this way it can have certain allergens that would cause allergic reactions in the skin of children, as well as other more severe reactions.

Chamomile, as occurs with the vast majority of herbs that are currently consumed and marketed in various formats to treat ailments, should be taken in fair doses as an excess that can cause it to become a toxic plant.

Chamomile is usually the most used herb to treat problems related to bad digestion, stomach pain or aerophagia however in large quantities it can be especially harmful causing vomiting and dizziness, just the opposite effect that would further aggravate the discomfort.

You have to be especially careful with chamomile when it is caught fresh, it can produce an allergic reaction on the skin that would lead to a contact dermatitis. You can be more or less severe depending on the reaction, but in severe cases it can cause a very irritant dermatitis similar to a burn.

This type of irritant dermatitis or allergic dermatitis can also cause swelling of the hands, redness and itching, so it is necessary to go to the medical center to treat the problem and avoid the appearance of blisters and even more severe allergic reactions.

Chamomile has been used for many centuries as a very useful remedy for its sedative and anti-inflammatory effects among many others. Today, in addition to infusion, which is the most traditional way to use it, we can buy it in the form of an essential oil, in soaps and shampoos in many other products.

However, and despite its many benefits, do not forget to consult a specialist before administering it to avoid side effects and enjoy all its benefits safely.

Did you know... In the time of Ancient Rome, the Romans used chamomile to make aromatic incense and was one of the most used ingredients in the dressing of meals.

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