Chamomile contraindications

When you should not take chamomile?

Chamomile infusion and chamomile essential oil can interact with certain types of drugs:

  • They can increase the effect of sedative substances such as benzodiazepines and anxiolytics.
  • They enhance the effect of coumarin anticoagulants (warfarin).
  • They should not be combined with alcohol due to its weak anxiolytic action.

Whom is chamomile contraindicated for?

Matricaria chamomilla
Matricaria chamomilla
  • People who are allergic to plants or essential oils. Individuals allergic to other plants in the daisy family may also be the same to chamomile.
  • People who are allergic to pollen. Individuals who suffer from allergic rhinitis, allergy to ragweed, chrysanthemums and other pollen allergies should use chamomile with caution.
  • Children under 5 years. Essential oil use is contraindicated in children due to the allergenic power of essential oil components. Infusions are not contraindicated.
  • Pregnant women. Chamomile essential oil has uterotonic action. Their use could cause abortion.

Chamomile: When consulting with the doctor?

Before using chamomile preparations, you should consult your doctor :

  • If you are taking sedative medication or anticoagulants.
  • If you are allergic to any plant or its essential oil.

More information about chamomile.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

31 May, 2022

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