Chamomile can be made into an infusion which is commonly used to help with sleep. Because chamomile can cause uterine contractions which can lead to miscarriage, the U.S. National Institutes for Health says that pregnant and nursing mothers should not consume chamomile. Chrysin, a flavonoid found in chamomile, has been shown to be anxiolytic in rodents, and is believed to be at least partially responsible for chamomile's reputation as a sleep aid. It is known to reduce stress. In the essential oil azulene is formed in the process of distillation which is used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
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