The Various Benefits of Chamomile Tea


The chamomile plant has two varieties:  the German chamomile which is the most popular and the Roman or English chamomile.  Both can be used to treat the same health conditions even if they belong to different varieties.  A flowering plant from the daisy breed, it is an herb that contains loads of anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-irritant features because of its essential oil and active ingredient, Bisabolol.    It also has anti-oxidant properties like green tea.

The medicinal benefits of chamomile have been proven for more than a thousand years.  Chamomile tea is one of the many tastiest drinks around the globe and is also one of the most beneficial and harmless herbal drinks.  Because of its soothing and relaxing properties, a cup of chamomile tea taken before going to bed is known to calm the nerves and assists one to having a soporific sleep.

The good thing about chamomile is that it can be taken orally and be used externally in treating different kinds of illnesses.  Here are some of the health benefits of Chamomile Tea:

  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Apprehension and panic disorders
  • Muscle spasms
  • Burns, scrapes and wounds
  • Skin problems such as eczema, chicken pox, diaper rash and even psoriasis
  • Stomach troubles like stomach flu, menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndromes, and even ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Children’s colic
  • Cold, sore throats and fever
  • Gum inflammation
  • Abscess
  • Migraine
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Lightens skin tone
  • Reduces dark circles around the eyes
  • Acne
  • Sunstroke

Chamomile tea was likewise found to have beneficial effects in managing diabetes.  As shown in one clinical trial, when taken on a daily basis can put off the development of hyperglycemia and complications brought about by diabetes.  In-vitro studies were also made and showed probable defense against a number of various types of cancer cells.  Certain types of cancer can be prevented because of its anti-oxidant properties.

Using Chamomile Tea as a Home Remedy

To treat stomach cramps, put a bag of chamomile tea in a cup of hot water.  Take it once in the morning and then again once in the evening.

To manage insomnia, prepare your chamomile tea 30 – 45 minutes prior to going to bed.

To treat irritable bowel syndrome, drink a cup of chamomile tea will minimize the pain and cramp in your bowels as well as alleviate intestinal bloating and too much gas.  It similarly assuage nausea related with IBS and stomach flu or gastroenteritis.

To treat migraine, drink a cup of tea as soon as you become aware that the symptoms are to start as it is more effective drinking the tea prior to having severe headaches.

 

To treat burns, scrapes and wounds, gently massage a little amount of oil diagonally on the burned spot.  Do this only once in a day.  On the other hand, treat burns and scrapes by putting 3 bags of tea in a cup of boiling water.  Let it cool then soak a cloth into it.  Use this as a compress on the bruised area.

To lighten the tone of the skin, put 2 tea bags in 2 quarts of water and bring to a boil; after which steam your face on top of the pot.  Mixing chamomile tea in your bath of water can also do the job.

To diminish those dark circles around your eyes, put 2 bags of tea in hot water for about 5 minutes.  Let it cool to room temperature and put them on your eyes during the night.

A lot of cosmetic lotions and creams make use of chamomile plant plus other aromatic herbs like lavender for a sweet-smelling bath experience.  Its volatile oils do a lot of wonders when used externally.

When it is used as antibiotic and antiseptic, chamomile oil thwarts the spread of infection and likewise heals the infection that is currently there.

Lice and mites are eradicated when its oil is applied on the hair to further stop damaging the scalp.

Joints and muscle pains are reduced when the oil is applied to the affected area.  Its oil equally makes possible and encourages absorption and makes certain that the liver is functioning well.

The oil also gets rid of mouth infections and wards off bad breath and acid reflux.  Teething problems can also be treated as well.

chamomile tea leavesThe Side Effects of Chamomile

  1. The recommended quantity of dried flowers must be followed when preparing chamomile tea as nausea can occur if it is too concentrated.
  2. One must take caution in drinking chamomile tea if he is allergic to ragweed, marigold, chrysanthemum, aster or to any plant that belongs to the same species so as not to have adverse reactions such as itchiness and rashes.
  3. Bleeding disorders or those who are on any blood-thinning treatments are not advised to take chamomile. This is because the coumarin in chamomile will only aggravate the bleeding.
  4. Intake of chamomile tea during pregnancy women can possibly trigger a miscarriage.  It is also not recommended for lactating mothers as it poses danger to the baby.

The intake of chamomile must be taken in moderation to avoid any unwanted reactions.  Bear in mind that herbal products are potent medicines and offers a lot of benefits to us.  However, side effects can occur when they are taken in large quantities

You can buy chamomile from health stores, pharmacies and middle-of-the-road grocery stores.  They are sold as a liquid extract, infusions (tea bags), dried flower heads, essential oils, ointments and creams and tinctures.

 

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2 Responses to “The Various Benefits of Chamomile Tea”

  1. Michael J Says:

    Really good post. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Michael J Says:

    Chamomile Tea has helped a bit with my insomnia…

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