15 January, 2019

Chamomile Tea: Health Benefits for Our Health

Chamomile Tea: Health Benefits for Our Health

Chamomile Tea: Health Benefits for Our Health

Knowing Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the commonly found plants from the family of Compositae (Asteraceae) with common names as ground apple, chamomile and wild chamomile.  
Chamomile is one of the oldest favorites of all common garden herbs.  And it’s also having a great reputation as natural herbal remedies.  Today, one may easily get a cup of Chamomile tea in any coffee and tea house.  There are a few species in Chamomiles; common species include Matricaria chamomillaAnthemis nobilisChamomilla recutita.  
As Related to the daisy family, chamomile is indigenous to regions of Europe and western Asia.  The Egyptians love it for its virtues.  They believed that Chamomile has the power to cure ague and it was also dedicated it to the Egyptians Gods.  For centuries, Chamomiles have been grown in English gardens for its use as a common herbal medicine.
The Europeans and Western Asians too, have been using Chamomile for centuries to treat many disorders.  In Rome, Greece, and Egypt, chamomile was used to treat many maladies including fevers, stomach pain, and stroke.  Chamomile is commonly used to soothe, relax, and to treat sleep disorder in America.  Chamomile is also used to treat problems like bloating, nausea, or stomach pain.  It has also been used by natives in soothing colds, helping wounds or abscesses heal, reducing gum inflammation, soothing skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, and treating ulcerative colitis.  Today, Chamomile is still in use as natural healing, treatment and relief agent.

Chamomile Tea: Health Benefits for Our Health

Chamomile As Natural Remedies

Reports from various photochemistry researches showed that Chamomiles contain a volatile oil as well as flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin and patuletin-7-glycosides) and coumarins (umbelliferone and herniarin), with the volatile oil containing a-bisabolol, chamazulene as well as polyacetylenes and polysaccharides.  It’s traditionally used as indicated below:
  • As herbal tea
  • For treatment and relief of ague, cold and fever
  • As relief agent for stomach pain and for better digestion
  • As a supplement for stroke
  • To soothe, relax, and to treat sleep disorder like insomnia
  • To treat and relieve bloating and nausea
  • For wounds or abscesses healing
  • Reducing and relief of gum inflammation
  • Used in treatment for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema
  • Treatment for ulcerative colitis
  • For distress and relief anxiety
  • Help in soothing colic, teething and infantile convulsions
Chamomile Tea: Health Benefits for Our Health
Though Chamomile is good as a remedy, when taking Chamomiles for medicinal use, it’s important to remember that if symptoms persist, one should immediately consult a professional medical doctor for advice.

Chamomile - Which Part To Take?

The whole plant is useful but the flower buds contain the most of its medicinal properties.  

Chamomile - How To Take?

Chamomile can be taken internally or for external or topical use.  It can be taken as tea, soak, or ointment.
Steam distillation of dried flower buds can be performed to yield an essential oil.
Essential oil from Chamomiles is good for calmness, distress and eases worries and fears.  It also helps to dull muscular pain and stimulates the liver and spleen.  Inhaling the essential oil could treat nasal catarrh as well as inflammation and irritation of the respiratory tract.  It can also be used topically.

Personal Preference
Make Chamomile Tea from ready tea bag as afternoon tea.  Add some natural honey.  Enjoy the soothing moment!
Chamomile Tea: Health Benefits for Our Health

What Else?

As Chamomile is in the same family of daisy and Chrysanthemum, the same class effect may be observed.  Do not take or use Chamomile products if sensitive to Ragweed or Chrysanthemum, or any other herbal products from the daisy families (Compositae).
Chamomile preparation may be contra-indicated during pregnancy and lactation.
It’s also contra-indicated when using anti-coagulant drugs.
Use in the infant should always be with cautious.

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