Chamomile is a member of the daisy family, and many people swear by it as an aid for relaxation and sleep, especially in the evening. Since ancient times chamomile has been a popular treatment for a range of ailments such as anxiety, insomnia, digestive complaints, cold symptoms and others.
Studies of the effects of chamomile on humans have been too few thus far to claim a definite medical basis for the traditional claims, and as such it still has the status of a folk remedy. But we can officially confirm that it’s great for rodents. Recent studies on rats have found chamomile to have anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects, to speed up wound healing and lower cholesterol - which is surely good news, even if you aren’t a rat.