Digestive Tea


100 g (3.53 oz)


ginger root*, meadowsweet leaf**, peppermint leaf*, German chamomile flower* (*organic/**wildcrafted)

organic ingredients


Pure organic ingredients that are completely earth-friendly.

wildcrafted herbs


Ethically wild harvested plants from their natural habitats.

Non-GMO ingredients


All ingredients are non-GMO (not genetically modified).

Kosher ingredients


Herbs are Kosher and everything is made with plant-based ingredients.



Ingredients do not contain gluten.



Everything is handmade. We use minimal product packaging and large quantities for less waste.



We do not test on animals, nor contribute to the testing of animals.



Our herbs are lab-tested by a third-party laboratory to maintain quality and purity.

Good Manufacturing Practices

Good Manufacturing Practices

We follow the current good manufacturing practices according to law.

A blend of ginger, meadowsweet, peppermint, and chamomile help to induce normal digestion and relieve digestive conditions. Digestive Tea can be used during digestive distress and sickness for bloating, flatulence, gas, pain, indigestion (dyspepsia), heartburn, acid reflux, motion sickness, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and gastroenteritis. As a digestive therapy, it can be therapeutically taken before or after eating for inducing optimal digestion, helping malabsorption, and used in combination and conjunction of any doctor-prescribed treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive disorders.

Herbal treatment does not negate the importance of eating a high-quality diet and herbal treatment is used in conjunction of whole being needs, like eating a variety of whole foods, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly, which can help many underlying causes of discomforts and conditions of the digestive system.

Suggested Use

To prepare herbal tea, bring water to a gentle boil – light simmer of small bubbles. Remove the water from the heat. After the simmering settles, the water should be a good temperature to add herbs and begin brewing (205°F / 96°C), but not too hot like a rapid boil (212°F / 100°C). Brew for 10 minutes in a covered teapot, loose-lidded cup, or teacup with a saucer covering tea for maximum herbal potency and retention. Best served fresh. Can store in fridge for 2 to 3 days for highest potency. Teas have a stable shelf life and are packaged in a resealable air-tight bag. They should be stored in a cool dry dark location.

Take orally:

Take remedially during digestive distress, bloating, flatulence, gas, pain, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, motion sickness, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and gastroenteritis. Take therapeutically before or after eating for optimal digestion, helping malabsorption, and supplement & combine with treatment of IBS-D, IBD, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive disorders. Brew 2 teaspoons (1 gram) herbal tea in 6 to 8 ounces (175-235 mL) water. Take 1-4 g per day, as needed. For children under 12 years but older than 2 years, brew 1 teaspoon (1⁄2 g) herbal tea in 6 ounces (175 mL) water, and take 1⁄2-2 g per day, as needed.

Supplement Facts

Dosage: 1 g / 2 tsp (100 doses per bag)
Daily Limit: 2-4 g

Amount per dosage
Ginger root 340 mg
Meadowsweet leaf 260 mg
Peppermint leaf 220 mg
Chamomile flower 180 mg

The recommended dose varies based on condition, sensitivity, body chemistry, and body weight. Each person will need to experiment to discover what dose works best with a specific tea. The absorption of all herbal compounds of tea varies greatly, as tea is heavily narrowed towards water-soluble constituents. Teas are used as needed. This recognizes that each person finds their constitution and condition in varying degrees, and possibly varying times of day. If you have never used the tea before, it is best to initially take only about 1/4 to 1/2 the recommended dosage, slowly increasing the dosage as needed with each use determining what dosage is best and when.

Safety Considerations

  • ♡ Meadowsweet should not be used if constipated. Due to the high tannin content, much like black tea, meadowsweet is not recommended in high concentrations for long-term continual use or with conditions of chronic constipation, IBS with constipation (IBS-C), iron deficiency (anemia), and malnutrition, however, within the blend of the other herbs, this herb is generally safe for daily use, especially when given at optimal times of day.
  • ♡ Chamomile may cause allergic reactions to those sensitive to plants in the Asteraceae family. Meadowsweet should be avoided by people who are allergic or sensitive to salicylates, like aspirin. If you have never used the tincture before, it is recommended to only take a small amount to ensure no allergic reaction occurs. Each product description includes a complete list of ingredients. People with sensitivities to any listed ingredient should not use the product.
  • ♡ Careful consideration should be given when administering herbs to children under 6 months, as their digestive systems can't handle much more than breastmilk or formula. The breastfeeding mother can take the herb herself to allow it to pass to the baby through the breastmilk.
  • ♡ Herbs are powerful. If you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications, it is recommended to consult with a health care practitioner before using herbs internally.
  • ♡ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Zingiber officinale

Chromolithograph of Ginger by Walther Otto Müller, C. F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther
Chromolithograph of Ginger by Walther Otto Müller, C. F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther from Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen Vol. 1 (1887), Vol. 2 (1890), and Vol. 3 (1898)

Botany. Ginger is native to southeastern Asia and cultivated in tropical areas throughout the world. It is a perennial root that creeps and increases underground in tuberous joints where a green stalk grows 2 feet with narrow lanceolate leaves that die down annually and a flower stalk rising directly from the root to an oblong scallop flower spike.

History. The plant was naturalized in America after the discovery by the Spaniards, and the root (rhizome) is used in cooking and folk medicine. It is used as a spice to add a pungent flavor to food, but the root has a long tradition and has been historically used for a number of medicinal purposes.

Constituents. Ginger root has more than 100 compounds that have been identified, including: amino acid derivatives (zingibain), phenolic compounds (gingerols, paradols, zingerone, shogoals, dehyro-gingerdione, gingerdione, vallinoids, galanals), polyphenol (gingerenone), terpenes (sesquiterpenes: zingiberene, β-bisabolene; diterpenes: galanal, galanolactone), vitamins (C, B6/folate), and minerals (potassium, magnesium).

Qualities. It is pungent, sweet, warm, moist, and stimulating, and it is helpful for depressed, constricted states.

Actions. The root carries many actions, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, hypotensive, hypertensive, cholagogic, and stomachic properties.

Our ginger root, Zingiber officinale, is organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. The value of the herb has been shown in many clinical studies. Reportedly, ginger has been effective in treating nausea and vomiting, gastrointestinal function, pain, inflammation, and metabolic syndromes.

Ginger is an amazing herb helpful as a digestive therapy and during digestive distress and sickness. Ginger is a pungent appetite stimulant and is not only popular for its flavor, but for the antioxidant, hypotensive, hypertensive, cholagogic, and stomachic properties. Research shows the herb’s ability to stimulate gastric motility (the movement and contraction of the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract during digestion), and promote digestion. Ginger contains several digestive enzymes, including zingibain. The herb can be taken before eating to initiate the digestive system. It stimulates the flow of saliva and increases the concentration of the digestive enzyme (amylase) in saliva. Saliva is important for breaking down food. The herb activates peristalsis, the movement of food through the system, and increases intestinal muscle tone. As a herb, ginger eases discomfort caused by flatulence and relieves indigestion. The volatile oils are anti-inflammatory and soothe the mucous lining and the muscle layers of the gastrointestinal tract (alimentary canal). Ginger clears up gas, flatulence, indigestion, stomachache, and other digestive problems. It is effective during stomach flu, with an effective regimen beginning at the first sign of digestive illness. It is helpful for nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach, and digestive distress. Although the herb does not directly affect blood sugar levels, ginger can be advantageous for hyperglycemic conditions. It works indirectly to increase the availability of dietary nutrients for digestion and metabolism. When improper digestion and absorption of foods occur, ginger can facilitate the utilization of the body’s energy stores, further inducing optimal digestion.

Ginger is quite valuable for nausea and vomiting. As an antiemetic, it can be used for digestive distress, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting. Ginger is effective for motion sickness. Motion sickness symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and sweating. Ginger can be relied upon as a remedy. Research published in the British medical journal The Lancet showed the herb to be more effective than a popularly-known product in preventing symptoms of motion sickness. It was shown to be equally effective for car, boat, train, and plane rides when taken before travel and during, slowly decreasing dosages as travel prolongs since motion sickness decreases the longer the travel time. For prevention and treatment of motion sickness, ginger can be used prior to travel, and then periodically taken throughout the duration of travel and on any onset of upset stomach. The herb alleviates dizziness and can help as part of a broad treatment for vertigo. There have been several randomized clinical trials to show the treatment on nausea and vomiting during pregnancy with ginger, concluding that ginger is as effective as other medications to alleviate nausea and vomiting (antiemetic), such as pyridoxine, metoclopramide, or dimenhydrinate. A Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort study reported that ginger did not affect the risk of teratogenicity and abnormalities in birth. Further, another study found that there were no severe side effects with ginger consumption in controlled, uncontrolled, and pre-clinical studies, along with the alleviation of nausea and vomiting. These results support the idea that ginger can be used as an antiemetic therapy in women during pregnancy. During pregnancy, it is recommended to consult a doctor before using herbs internally. The herb is generally recognized as safe even in high doses and with the approval of a doctor can be used therapeutically to ease morning sickness, upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting during pregnancy. It can be taken during predicted or most vulnerable times, such as morning or before eating.

Ginger has been found to help coughs, allay airway inflammation, and give therapy for airway diseases, such as asthma, through the ability to relax smooth muscles in the airway. Research shows the compounds shogaol and gingerol are the active components of this relaxing and dilating of the airway smooth muscle (bronchorelaxation). A dose-dependent relaxation was observed, with the most substantial relaxation occurring within 30 minutes of 50 and 100 mg dosages of ginger, congruent with 1 mL of Tincture.

Ginger energizes the blood, producing a feeling of warmness throughout the body. The terpenes of ginger are stimulating to peripheral circulation. This can be beneficial for bad circulation, chilblains, and cramps. In fever, ginger is helpful as a diaphoretic to induce perspiration and balance body temperature. Ginger is beneficial in stimulating circulation in the gastrointestinal tract and other parts of the body. A study found the herb to have a powerful positive stimulating effect on muscular contractions of the atria, increasing overall circulation. Ginger demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects in rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have shown the herb to reduce platelet aggregation, which is an inflammatory response when blood cells tend to stick together or clot. This allows proper blood flow and circulation during inflammation. Several studies show to improve inflammation and pain in arthritis-related diseases, particularly osteoarthritis (OA) therapeutic treatment of 500 mg of ginger with results showing after 3 months.

With anti-inflammatory and circulatory stimulating properties as contributing factors, the root can be helpful in times of pain. A few studies show that a therapeutic daily dose of 750 and 1500 mg of ginger was effective treatment for painful period pain (primary dysmenorrhea). The results reported that ginger improved pain relief and had similar effectiveness with medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. Other types of pain were also improved with treatment of ginger. In randomized clinical trials, ginger has been shown to attenuate pain in headaches, migraines, and back pain. Ginger promoted a reduction in pain with a treatment of 400 mg for migraine in a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial. Dosages of ginger for pain in the studies vary from 400 to 2000 mg of ginger dependent on severity.

The herb is shown to have cholinergic action, which down-regulates the activity of the heart helpful during digestion or stress. Ginger antagonizes the effects of adrenergic stimulation, which is part of the nervous system that comes into play during stress in the body and stimulates the faster activity of the heart. When stress occurs, the cholinergic nervous system attempts to restore equilibrium to the body, including nerves, glands, and muscles. The herb is useful in times of stress to offset the nerve-wracking effects of the stress and calming the bodily systems, including the nervous and digestive systems.

Safety Considerations. Ginger should not be used in combination with morphine, as ginger may interact with morphine and increase the blood levels of it.


Filipendula ulmaria

Illustration of Meadowsweet by Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé
Illustration of Meadowsweet by Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé from Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz Vol. 1 (1903), Vol. 2 (1904), Vol. 3 (1905), and Vol. 4 (1905)

Botany. Meadowsweet is called by many names, including Queen of the Meadow, Lady of the Meadow, meadow queen, meadowwort, meadwort, and meadsweet. Meadowsweet is a perennial plant very common in European damp meadows and found in eastern North America, which grows 1 to 4 feet tall. The plant has a reddish, angular stem branching near the top bearing alternate pinnate leaves with ovate serrate leaflets that have a downy grayish-white beneath. The small flowers have five petals of creamy white or, less commonly, pink, that are arranged in a terminal corymb with numerous protruding stamens, which bloom during the summer from June to August. Meadowsweet is said to be the true smell of summer.

History. The flowers were used to flavor alcoholic beverages in England and Scandinavia in the fourteenth century. The plant was featured in old European herbals, including John Gerard's The Herball written at the end of the sixteenth century in 1597, being called "Queen of the Meadow" and "meadsweet".

Constituents. The plant contains: phenolic glycosides, phenolic acids and their derivatives (gallic acid, ellagic acid, salicylic acid, methylsalicylate, salicylaldehyde, ethylsalicylate), flavonoids and flavonoid glycosides (quercetin, kaempferol, chalcone derivatives, catechin, epicatechin, rutin, hyperin, spiraeoside, quercitrin, apigenin, astragalin, spiraein, monotropin, gaultherin), tannins, mainly hydrolyzable (tellimagrandin I and II, rugosin A, B1, B2, D, E1, and E2), volatile oils, and vitamin C. The plant contains various salicylates, including salicin, salicylaldehyde, ethylsalicylate, and methylsalicylate. Salicin was found and identified in meadowsweet by Swiss pharmacist, Johann Pagenstecher in 1830, approximately 2 years after the compound was identified in white willow.

Qualities. The herb is cold and dry, helpful in warmed and inflamed states, and it is sweet to the senses with a bitter and astringent nature.

Actions. Meadowsweet has , , antacid, , , and properties.

Our meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria, is , naturally organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. Meadowsweet is a member of the rose family and has a bitter and astringent taste of salicin, which was the compound used to form aspirin. It is an effective digestive tonic, helping the stomach and digestive tract by allaying pain and inflammation.

Meadowsweet is full of tannins called hydrolyzable tannins. Tannins have a major impact because of their ability to form complexes with numerous types of molecules, including carbohydrates, proteins, polysaccharides, bacterial cell membranes, and enzymes involved in protein and carbohydrate digestion. Chemically, tannins can be classified as condensed tannins or hydrolyzable tannins. Condensed tannins are more widespread among flowering plants (angiosperms), and in ferns and gymnosperms. Condensed tannins are more common and are derivatives of flavonols, and they are also called proanthocyanidins. Hydrolyzable tannins are limited to dicotyledonous plants (dicots). Both types of tannins can occur in the same plant. Hydrolyzable tannins are soluble in water and alcohol, with which it creates various products, such as gallic or epigallic acids. The chemical reaction of the breakdown of the compound in water is called hydrolysis. Through hydrolysis tannins break down into their phenolic acids and carbohydrates. The herbal extraction of the gallotannins within water or alcohol hydrolyze to gallic acid and glucose, and ellagitannins hydrolyze to ellagic acid and glucose. In plants, tannins are sequestered and isolated in various plant tissues so they don't combine with other substances and interfere with normal plant metabolism. Upon plant cell breakdown, and the extraction of the herbal constituents, their effects are exerted. One of the most important effects attributed to tannins is the astringent action. Astringents cause contraction of tissue, tightening and wrinkling of mucus membranes, decreased permeability of the tissue, and decreased secretions and exudations. Raspberry leaf and black tea are also well-known astringents, containing tannins, and the astringent-tightening in the mouth when drinking it can be felt almost instantaneously. Tannins have numerous applications, dependent upon use: protect inflamed mucous membranes, produce a drying effect on mucous membranes, reduce inflammation and swelling accompanying infection, prevent bleeding in small wounds, reduce excessive uterine bleeding in menorrhagia, and relieve symptoms of diarrhea or dysentery through binding effects in the gut. Meadowsweet is an effective astringent, particularly on the digestive system. In the gut, it can reduce inflammation on the surface of tissue, reduce irritation and pain, improve symptoms of diarrhea, and help various digestive diseases. It protects and soothes mucous membranes of the digestive tract, reducing acidity and easing nausea, vomiting, heartburn (indigestion), hyperacidity, stomach irritation, gastritis, and peptic ulceration.

"Meadsweet is cold and dry, with an evident binding quality ajoined...The leaves and floures farre excell all other growing herbes...for the smell thereof makes the heart merrie, delighteth the senses;"
– John Gerard The Herball (1597), page 1043

The strong astringent action contributes to the anti-inflammatory effect. Meadowsweet has anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, and analgesic properties. Along with white willow bark, the herb is rich is salicylates. The plant contains various salicylates, including salicin, salicylaldehyde, ethylsalicylate, and methylsalicylate. In the digestive tract, these compounds are oxidized into salicylic acid, a substance that is closely related to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). The flowers, leaves, and other aerial parts of meadowsweet were shown to contain salicylates, as well as possess anti-inflammatory potential and inhibit inflammation and prostaglandin synthesis. The presence of salicylates show the herbs ability to reduce fever and relieve pain, alleviate pain of rheumatism in muscles and joints, and allay pain and inflammation in the digestive system. Although aspirin, also containing salicylates, can cause peptic ulcers and other side effects, this does not indicate the same for the organic compounds of the herb. Meadowsweet, in contrast, has digestive qualities and action against the formation of ulcers, indicating the quality of herbs in the remedy of inflammation and pain and addressing its underlying causes. Because rheumatic diseases cause inflammation and pain, the astringent, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic qualities contribute to the antirheumatic effect of the herb helping muscles and joints that are sore, stiff, inflamed, and painful. Meadowsweet can also be used to treat inflammatory conditions including gout, rheumatism, arthritis, and prostate enlargement.

Safety Considerations. Meadowsweet should be avoided by people who are allergic or sensitive to salicylates, like aspirin. Meadowsweet should not be used if constipated. Due to the high tannin content, meadowsweet is not recommended in high concentrations for long-term continual use or with conditions of chronic constipation, iron deficiency (anemia), and malnutrition, however, within the blend of the other herbs, this herb is generally safe for daily use, especially when given at optimal times of day.


Mentha x piperita

Chromolithograph of Peppermint by Walther Otto Müller, C. F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther
Chromolithograph of Peppermint by Walther Otto Müller, C. F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther from Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen Vol. 1 (1887), Vol. 2 (1890), and Vol. 3 (1898)

Botany. Peppermint is a hybrid plant, a cross between watermint and spearmint. This is indicated by the "x" followed by the genus in the botanical name, in which the plant is a cross between 2 different plant species. Peppermint has an erect, square branching reddish-purple stem with opposite, dark-green, ovate to lanceolate, serrate leaves that are 2 inches or more in length, only slightly hairy underneath with slightly purplish veins and midrib. Axillary and terminal spikes of small, purple flowers bloom July through September.

History. Pliny the Elder mentions that the Greeks and Romans flavored their sauces and wines with Peppermint and crowned themselves with it at their feasts. Peppermint was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians and it is mentioned in Icelandic Pharmacopoeias of the thirteenth century. It came to be used medicinally in Western Europe in the eighteenth century. It was used by the American herbalist, Samuel Thomson, for sickness and promoting perspiration in the nineteenth century.

Constituents. Peppermint contains phenolic acids (caffeic, chlorogenic, and rosmaric acid); volatile oils, (namely menthol, menthone, and menthyl acetate), flavonoids (glycosides of apigenin, diosmetin, and luteolin), and tannins, all which contribute to its numerous and varied use. The entire plant is aromatic, due to the volatile oil present in all parts of the plant and leaves a cooling sensation in the mouth, or topically, caused by the compound, menthol.

Qualities. It has a highly penetrating camphorescent aroma leaving a cooling sensation topically and in the mouth. Though cooling, it is stimulating and soothing in congested and obstructed states.

Actions. Peppermint is , , pain-relieving (), , , , , , , , antacid, and .

Our peppermint, Mentha x piperita, is organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. The herb provides many properties, enlivening whole body activity, including digestive, circulatory, immune, and respiratory responses. It is highly aromatic, full of volatile oils, leaving a cooling sensation alleviating aches and pain, a soothing action on the digestive system, and a stimulating action by encouraging increased blood flow and circulation. Peppermint can ease muscle spasms and cramps, soothe sore muscles and joints, and alleviate inflammation with injury, digestive distress, sickness, headache, and rheumatism.

With , pain-relieving (), and actions, peppermint helps soothe itchy skin, bug bites, allay inflammation, and relieve topical pain from burns by cooling the affected skin alleviating the burning sensation. For burned or itchy skin, an herb bath with Peppermint Tea or Salve can be used to relieve pain and itching. Its Salve or Tincture can be massaged on sore muscles and joints as a stimulating herbal liniment. The local pain-relieving action of Peppermint is exceptionally strong. Topically with Salve and internally with Tea and Tincture, peppermint also gives an and cooling effect that can ease muscle aches and spasms, relieve throbbing headaches, soothe menstrual cramps, relax sore muscles and joints, alleviate pain from rheumatism, and provide relief from symptoms associated with the common cold and flu. Its Tea can be used as a gargle and mouth rinse for the relief of toothaches and sore throats, treatment of canker sores, and give a minty sweetness to the breath.

In cold, flu, fever, and early indications of sickness, Tea or Tincture of peppermint is helpful. As an , peppermint has the ability to inhibit and kill many different microorganisms (pathogens) that might cause infections, dysfunction in different parts and systems, and affect homeostasis in the body. A few of these bacteria and viruses include: Influenza A viruses; Herpes simplex, the cause of cold sores; mumps virus; Streptococcus pyogenes, causes sore throat, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, otitis media, cystitis, cellulitis, etc.; Staphlococcus aureus, causes pneumonia, sinusitis, impetigo, and endocarditis, etc.; Psuedomonas acruginose, causes suppurative (pus-causing) sicknesses and infections, and other types of infections; and Candida albicans, opportunistic yeast that can become pathogenic causing candidiasis, also called thrush or candida, and vaginal yeast infection, also called vaginal thrush or vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC). Altogether, more than 30 pathogens have succumb to the influence of peppermint. To further help the body in times of a pathogenic invasion and maintaining homeostasis, peppermint is good to assist in blood flow and circulation, raising internal heat, inducing perspiration, and allaying fever. When body temperature is too high, peppermint helps aid different processes of increased blood flow (vasodilation) and sweat production, which both transfer energy from skin to the environment resulting in a cooling effect. This increase of fresh nutrient-rich blood through the body is helpful in times of fever, headaches, sickness, and muscle or joint inflammation. These actions of the herb are also helpful for palpitations of the heart and feelings of a fluttery or pounding heart, which could be caused by stress, anxiety, excessive exercise, or medications. Peppermint can help painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea), relieving pain and associated tension. The leaf can relax nerves and ease anxiety, bodily tension, and headaches that may associated with muscular tension and indigestion or digestive distress. It suppresses sinus headaches, soothes airways, provides an uplifting effect, clears nasal and chest congestion by providing expectorantExpectorant herbs facilitate or accelerate the removal of excess mucus from the respiratory system by stimulating expulsion, loosening mucus secretions, liquefying mucus to be cleared by coughing or from the nose, or soothing bronchial spasm; often containing alkaloids, saponins, and volatile oils. effects to relieve the respiratory system of excess mucus, and gives symptomatic relief of asthma and chronic bronchitis. It is especially effective for this in combination with its Salve.

Peppermint is an amazing aid to the digestive system. From its stimulating , , and properties of the volatile oils, it can help the digestive system work properly with ease and allay digestive distress. The volatile oils of peppermint can enhance digestive activity by stimulating contractile activity in the gallbladder and encouraging the secretion of bile. The oils also normalize gastrointestinal activity, removing gas, and reducing cramps. It soothes the gut walls with its volatile oils, reduces inflammation in the digestive tract, and helps remove gas. Peppermint can help with upset stomach, abdominal discomfort, dyspepsia and indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), gas and flatulence, griping pains (sharp sudden pains in the abdomen), bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, colic, morning sickness, motion sickness, sea sickness, and other associated digestive conditions. On account of its anesthetic effect on the nerve-endings of the stomach, it is helpful to prevent morning, motion, or sea sickness. The herb can be taken therapeutically and in combination with treatment to manage long-term chronic digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and their associated symptoms.

German Chamomile

Matricaria recutita

Chromolithograph of Peppermint by Walther Otto Müller, C. F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther
Chromolithograph of German Chamomile by Walther Otto Müller, C. F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther from Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen Vol. 1 (1887), Vol. 2 (1890), and Vol. 3 (1898)

Botany. German chamomile is a self-seeding annual growing from 6 inches to 2 feet tall with branching stems and leaves that are ferny and delicate. It has a typical aster flower, which appear to be a single flower but is a flowerhead that brings together several tiny flowers, with a yellow disk being the compact center composed of many tiny tubular disc florets that create the seeds (female) encircled by strap-like white ray florets (male). In herbalism, there are 2 species of Chamomile are known, German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita or Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Roman Chamomile is highly useful externally, being highly volatile and sweet-scented. German Chamomile is high in volatile oil, but has higher levels of azulene, and has more digestive bitter qualities, being highly useful internally.

History. Chamomile has a far past, known in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and is presently grown throughout the world, particularly Germany, Hungary, France, Brazil, Yugoslavia, and India. Tremendous amounts of clinical, therapeutic, experimental, and scientific research has been done exposing the little white flower as such. Cultures as divergent as Western Europe, Russia, India, and here in the U.S., have all used chamomile for very similar purposes down through the centuries. The scientific research accentuates the traditional uses as a therapeutic herb for both adults and children.

Constituents. More than 120 have been identified in chamomile, including (azulene, chamazulen, and bisabolol), , terpenes (farnesene), tannins, and flavonoids (apigenin), which contribute to its vast . The essential oil derived from the flowerhead is blue due to high levels of azulene.

Qualities. Chamomile smells sweet like honey but is an effective mild bitter. It is cooling and gentle in the body and helpful in irritated or constricted states that would respond well to relaxation.

Actions. The plant carries , , , , , and biological properties, and the herb can benefit externally with , , , (vulnerary), and activity.

Our German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita, is organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. Chamomile has a remedial and therapeutic effect on a wide range of diseases and conditions of the body. The medicinal use of chamomile, in several aspects, has been studied extensively. The flower is a potential therapy for the broad treatment of diseases and conditions, attributing positive effects on the nervous, reproductive, cardiovascular, and digestive system and metabolism.

Chamomile has distributed , , and effects through the number of phenolic compounds and terpenes, full of volatile oils/essential oils and flavonoids. The antimicrobial and antibacterial activity of chamomile has been exhibited in several studies, with the flower shown to have antibacterial activity against: several Streptococcus species (S. pyogenes, S. mutans, S. salivarius, S. faecalis, S. sanguis), Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica, Salmonella typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus vulgaris, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This antibacterial action could be beneficial externally on wounds with Salve, and internally for treating cold, flu, sore throat, respiratory illness, and infection with Tincture or Tea. The herb can help cold, flu, and infection and help with the aches, pains, and debility that come with sickness. The Tea or 1 mL Tincture with 2-4 oz (1⁄4-1⁄2 c) water can be used as a mouthwash. As a mouthwash, chamomile can treat gingivitis by decreasing plaque, biofilm accumulation, and gingival bleeding. One study concluded the mouthwash of chamomile can be used therapeutically for chronic periodontitis. The mouthwash also shows an effect, preventing and limiting tooth decay. Dental caries are cavities or holes in the outer two layers of a tooth, the enamel and the dentin, and they are caused by bacteria, which metabolize carbohydrates (sugars) to form organic acids that dissolve tooth enamel. As an antibacterial, chamomile is effective against the prominent bacteria that causes caries, Streptococcus mutans, which has been shown to succumb to the herb. The antifungal activity of chamomile has been shown in several studies, with the flower showing antifungal activity against: Candida albicans and Aspergillus species. This antifungal action could be helpful externally on urinary and vaginal yeast infections with Salve or Tea to clean and rinse after bathroom during urinary and vaginal infections or after-birth, and internally with Tea or Tincture for helping the body fight urinary, vaginal, and fungal infections.

"I have oftentimes cured tedious quartans and tertians, by giving half a pint of the crude juice of camomille, an hour before coming of the fit, and repeating the same dose for four or five fits."
– William Salmon, M.D., Practical Physick (1692), page 13

-rich chamomile is beneficial for general health of body function at the cellular level, boosting the survival and growth of cells. Together with and biological properties, chamomile has strong antioxidant activity. The herb possesses activity that allows the use to prevent or treat disease and illness. The flavonoid compounds that possess antioxidant activity showed high free radical scavenging activity preventing cellular death, prevented the increase of indicators of oxidative stress (superoxide dismutase globule and plasma malondialdehyde), and decreased lipid peroxidation, which causes damage to lipids within cell membrane leading to cell damage and death. It also increased catalase, which is an enzyme with potent antioxidant properties that help the body rid toxic levels of hydrogen peroxide that the body produces during the metabolic process. Catalase occurs naturally in a wide array of plant-based foods, including garlic, leeks, onions, shallots, apricots, avocados, carrots, cherries, cucumbers, parsnips, potatoes, zucchini, radishes, spinach, and cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collards, and turnip greens.

The relaxing and actions of chamomile can be experienced not only when used internally, but externally as well, working directly on the nervous system easing anxiety and stress-related conditions and tension in the body. The benefits of chamomile as a working externally are through the effect and its aroma. The relaxing properties can be locally applied where needed working on nerves and muscles, easing tension and anxiety, alleviating any muscle spasms and cramps, relieving aches and growing pains, encouraging easy rest and sleep, and relaxing the whole body and mind with the aroma. Internally, chamomile can ease restlessness, alleviate muscle spasms, ease the body and mind into relaxation and sedation, alleviate insomnia, and increase sleep quality. The sweet honey-like aroma can be soothing and pacifying in times of restlessness, tension, and anxiety when its Salve is applied to the chest. For anxious or restless children or teething infants, Chamomile Salve can be applied to the chest and a drop of Chamomile Tincture or a teaspoon of Tea is helpful. The Salve of chamomile can be applied to the chest, neck, or inner wrists for aromatherapy that is calming and relaxing, which can be therapeutic in times of stress and anxiety. Chamomile can provide therapy for anxiety and depression. Chamomile can be used for anxiety and as a mild antidepressant, specifically its Tea or Tincture used on a consistent basis. The flavonoid, apigenin, is a powerful phytochemical that interacts with benzodiazepine cell receptors that have anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) and sedative effects.

One of the longest known and most firmly established properties of chamomile is the anti-inflammatory activity. Inflammation is a complex bodily response to injury or infection. Anti-inflammatory herbs, like chamomile, address tissue injury in a similar way to the inflammatory response of reparative and protective responses to tissue injury, while alleviating pain and loss of proper function. Chamomile is rich in terpenes, such as bisabolol and chamazulene, which contribute to the anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile inhibited protein denaturation, stabilized red blood cell membrane, and reduced nitric oxide, indicating the anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile Salve is useful in dermatological ailments and inflammation of the skin. It can reduce swelling and inflammation caused by abrasions, infections, and wounds. As a vulnerary, chamomile promotes wound healing, skin regeneration, and tissue granulation. Chamomile's antimicrobial properties can disinfect wounds to keep them clean and protected from pathogenic microorganisms during the healing process to inhibit infection and prolonged recovery. It can relieve and heal when applied to conditions like wounds, skin abrasions, cuts, scrapes, diaper rashes, eczema, bruising, perineal tears, and vaginal infections. Chamomile was also shown to reduce the dark rings under the eyes and puffiness (periocular zone swelling). Salve can be gently applied with the ring fingers completely around the eye to reduce dark circles and puffiness. The dermal application of the flower ameliorated physical stiffness, improved function, and decreased the need for internal pain-relievers. Salve can be used on joints and areas with swelling, pain, and inflammation. As it works externally as an anti-inflammatory, Tea or Tincture is useful to allay internal inflammation and relieve pain as well. Chamomile has demonstrated to help pain associated with headache, breast pain preceding the menstrual period (mastalgia), and labor and childbirth. Chamomile has exhibited therapeutic effect on both male and female reproductive systems. The herb has a protective effect on both male and female systems by influencing sexual hormone levels and protecting male and female reproductive tissues and system. For the female function, chamomile has shown to have a protective effect against torsion/detorsion-induced damage to ovary tissue, alleviate premenstrual syndrome (PMS), ease period pain and cramping (primary dysmenorrhea), and reduce menstrual bleeding. For the male function, chamomile has a protective effect against torsion/detorsion-induced damage on testis tissue and against formaldehyde in the reproductive system because of the activity, and the herb can increase testosterone levels and significantly enhance sperm count, motility, and viability. This was shown after administering chamomile therapeutically for 30 days. Chamomile Tea or Tincture can be therapeutically used monthly before and during menstruation and used for benefits on the male system, including testosterone levels and sperm health.

Chamomile's anti-inflammatory action can help the body as a whole, but also particularly alleviate inflammation of the digestive system. Combining , , anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and mild bitter actions, chamomile is a wonderful herb for the digestive system. Each of the compounds act together as a biological whole contributing to the to create an effective digestive . The soothing carminative, anti-inflammatory, and properties are useful for digestive system inflammation. The terpene oils have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effects upon the mucous lining and the muscle layers of the alimentary canal (gastrointestinal tract), which includes the digestive organs, the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. The herb acts as an in the gut by targeting the smooth muscles in the digestive tract, easing aches and spams. With the properties, chamomile soothes and relaxes the system by easing discomfort caused by gas. The herb increases overall blood flow to the digestive system through vasodilatory activity, widening the blood vessels. Part of the sedation effects of chamomile, this creates anti-hypertensive activity by lowering blood pressure and decreasing the risks of the cardiovascular system. With the nervine action on the central nervous system, it eases the impact of stress that can alter digestive function. The ability to ease physical symptoms, as well as underlying psychological tension, is one of the greatest benefits of herbs in stress, anxiety, and depression. Although a sweet honey-like aroma, chamomile is a mild bitter. Bitter herbs are bitter to the taste. They stimulate the digestive system by first increasing saliva in the mouth. Saliva breaks down food with the help of the enzyme salivary amylase, which starts the digestion process. Bitters, like chamomile, encourage appetite and stimulate the release of digestive juices from the pancreas, duodenum, and liver. Bitters aid the liver in detoxification work and increase flow of bile, and help the gut wall repair damage. With valuable digestive activity, chamomile can help with colic, gas, indigestion (dyspepsia), heartburn, abdominal and gastric pain, griping pains (sharp abdominal pains), diarrhea, digestive inflammation, nausea and vomiting, and digestive distress. Chamomile can be used as part of a broad treatment for inflammatory conditions of the digestive system, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Chamomile has exhibited significant therapeutic effects in treating gastric ulcers and digestive distress. The herb can reduce acidity in the stomach and inhibit the growth of bacteria that contribute to ulcer development. Its Tea can be used as a mouthwash, for mouth sores, lesions, and canker sores (aphthous ulcers) that affect the soft lining of the mouth. Chamomile can be helpful in metabolic disorders and conditions supporting the body systems including the digestive system. The herb has been studied to have antidiabetic activity. The flavonoids, including apigenin, were able to restrict sucrose and glucose transports and regulate sugar absorption. They also inhibited enzyme activity of α-amylase and maltase, which bind to and break down sugars to digest and enter the bloodstream. The flavonoids suppressed sorbitol (sugar alcohol) accumulation under high-glucose conditions. The herb also suppressed advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) formation, which are formed in high amounts due to hyperglycemic conditions where glucose tends to build up in the bloodstream. In clinical trial, chamomile was shown to control fatty acids and blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.

The therapeutic use of chamomile has been studied for its role in cancer research. The therapeutic use of turmeric has been studied for its role in cancer research. Herbs are not a "cure-all" and are not a substitute for medical care. There is lacking information and more research needed in this field, including determining the optimal dosage, bioavailability, and efficacy of herbs for this type of therapeutic treatment, however, the anticancer and antitumor activity on several cancer cell lines of the herb is worth noting for scientific objectivity. In combination therapy, chamomile has shown the ability to help reduce nausea, anxiety, and depression in those undergoing necessary life-saving chemotherapy. Chamomile represents a potential in anticancer treatments. The anticancer properties of chamomile appear to be linked to apoptosis and necrosis and a decrease in the migration and invasion ability of oncogenic cells that cause the development of tumors. The body uses several different methods of cell death to rid itself of abnormal, harmful, or unneeded cells. Apoptosis and necrosis are mechanisms for a cell's death, which are promising targets for anticancer therapy. Cancer cells evade apoptosis, though the immune system depends on it. Chamomile was reported to activate the apoptotic pathway and induce apoptosis in cancer cells. Chamomile was also shown as a cancer protective agent with the ability to regulate tumor angiogenesis (growth). Chamomile showed cytotoxic activity against murine fibroblast cell line, cervical carcinoma cell line, rhabdomyosarcoma cell line, Ehrlich ascites carcinoma cells, liver cancer cell line, and lung adenocarcinoma cell line. Anticancer activity of chamomile has been shown against 2 species of human promyelocytic leukemia cell lines. Studies demonstrate an anti-proliferative effect on human breast cancer cells and protective effect against colorectal cancer. These findings indicate the ability of incorporating and combining herbal therapy with the life-saving modern practices.

Safety Considerations. Chamomile may cause allergic reactions to those sensitive to plants in the family.


ALL packaging and shipping materials can be repurposed and reused.


ALL packaging and shipping materials can be recycled after use.


Tea bags and brewed-out herbs can be composted. Bags compost in 12 months.


Write Your Own Review
Only registered users can write reviews. Please Sign in or create an account