Chamomile – A Wonder Herb
The benefits of Chamomile tea aroma and flavor are unmistakable, but beyond them, chamomile is the remedy for a wide range of diseases. The benefits of chamomile tea should be known to every one of us: it eliminates oxidative stress and free radicals, has anti-allergic and antispasmodic properties. It has antispasmodic properties and regulates intestinal motility (bowel movements), which is useful in diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
Chamomile Extract Treats Inflammation and Irritation
Chamomile extract is an adjuvant that treats inflammation and irritation caused by acne on the face and body. Along with good skincare and other treatments prescribed by a dermatologist, chamomile extract can help cure acne. Chamomile has a calming effect on the skin due to the presence of flavonoids and essential oils in its composition and antioxidants find in this plant extract acts as a shield against harmful factors in the external environment.
Chamomile is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It stimulates blood circulation and helps eliminate toxins. Massage for 20 minutes tonight affected areas with warm chamomile oil. Has a silky skin, while gentle and will regain firmness. The skin will remain silky, gentle, and it will regain its firmness.
Infusion of a mixture of chamomile with cornflowers, celandine, mint, artichokes, and rattles is effective for liver disease. It relieves pain and decongests while acting as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It promotes the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach and facilitates digestion. It also helps digestion. It ensures the good health of the liver and the proper flow of bile. It increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid, bile, and enzymes in the stomach, thereby promoting digestion.
Chamomile extracts act on all body tissues, primarily on the skin and mucous membranes. Chamomile extract is very useful in treating dry, itchy, or inflamed skin. It can be useful in calming inflammation and acne skin irritations.
It has very good antiseptic and antibiotic properties and cures biotic infections (infections caused by biotic factors such as bacteria, fungi, etc.). It is a good vermifuge and kills all kinds of intestinal worms. If applied to the hair, he destroys lice and mites and keeps your hair and scalp protected from infection and damage.
Japanese researchers are confident that if you drink chamomile tea every day, before each meal, blood sugar drops and can prevent diabetic complications.
It heals disorders of the circulatory system, stimulates circulation, and detoxifies the blood of toxins, such as uric acid, helping to diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis, poor circulation caused by the accumulation of uric acid.
Many Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is an herb that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. Both the fresh and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for centuries to cure some health problems. The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has some anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
Green tea has become extremely popular of late for its various health benefits and its miraculous effects on the skin and body. However, the wonders of Chamomile tea are still unknown to many. Many beneficial properties are present in the Chamomile plant which converts easily into a cup of tea.
It has various beautifying effects on the skin. It has an abundance of amazing healing, antioxidant, cleansing, and moisturizing properties and is considered a skincare treatment. Infused with great healing properties, chamomile tea accelerates the healing process of minor wounds and also disinfects the wounds. Chamomile tea is an excellent all-natural skin bleach. It lightens the complexion and renders it a healthy glow. It is found to be very effective in soothing skin irritation and sunburns. This magic potion is a powerhouse of antioxidants that help you fight acne and breakouts. It also works wonders to eliminate acne scars. It protects your skin from free rad.ical damage, a chief contributor to premature aging, hence help to retain your youthful charm for long. Placing cooled down chamomile tea bags under the eyes can help to reduce under-eye dark circles and eye puffiness. If consumed regularly, chamomile tea nourishes and moisturizes your skin from deep inside.
Chamomile tea is also great for curing stomach cramps as it contains fairly strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents. Drinking it twice a day can help relieve the cramps and also helps prevent stomach flu and ulcers. Chamomile tea is also known to help cure irritable bowel syndrome, relieve excessive gas, and bloating.
Chamomile tea has also been proven to be highly beneficial in helping curing insomnia and other sleep disorders. A cup of chamomile before bed assures a good night’s sleep. It is also known to prevent migraines. As one notices the signs of a migraine, drinking a cup of chamomile tea can help prevent its onset.
Chamomile tea has a wide variety of chamomile benefits. However, as with all herbal products chamomile too has certain side effects. It causes drowsiness, so it is best not to drink it before driving. When consumed in high quantities, chamomile may cause vomiting and skin reactions in some people. Chamomile is considered to be a natural abortive; hence it is not advisable to consume it during pregnancy.
There are many uses for Chamomile tea. Its uses have been recorded as far back as the days of the Romans. The Romans used it for its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. This tea is one of the most effective therapeutic teas known. Chamomile is a gentle herb, which makes it safe for children as well as adults.
Chamomile tea has many therapeutic effects on the body. It is used for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipoismatic and antibacterial effects. This tea helps calm the nerves and helps in falling asleep. Chamomile tea can be used in compresses and added to baths.
To prepare Chamomile Tea:
Place one teaspoon of chamomile flowers in a pan or teapot. Use one teaspoon per cup of water. Boil the water; let it cool, less than five minutes.
To use chamomile tea to help alleviate inflammation, restlessness, and insomnia, add one quart of chamomile tea into a bathtub full of water. Then soak in a bath for twenty to thirty minutes.
Chamomile tea is also good for the flu and colds. The germicidal effect of a chamomile vapor helps destroy germs that are caused by the flu and the common cold. Pour two quarts of hot water over two cups of chamomile flowers. Cover your head with a towel and breathe in the aroma and vapors.
There are also different variations of Chamomile tea that can be produced for different ailments.
For gastric problems, this version of the tea soothes the gastrointestinal tracts and stimulates digesting, which makes this tea useful for stomachaches and overeating.
To prepare the tea:
- 1-ounce chamomile
- 2/3 ounce peppermint
- 1-ounce caraway seeds
- 2/3 ounce angelica.
Use one teaspoon of this mixture per one cup of water. Steep the mixture for ten minutes and strain.
For skin problems, this version of the tea stimulates the healing of inflamed skin such as boils and acne.
To prepare the tea:
- 1-ounce chamomile
- 1-ounce dandelion
- 2/3 ounce fennel
Use one teaspoon of this mixture per one cup of hot water. Steep for five to ten minutes and strain.
Take caution, chamomile has been known to cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to ragweed or other members of the daisy family. If you have any of these allergies, you should not use chamomile.
Roman Chamomile – Anthemis nobilis
Roman chamomile is a great essential oil that has many uses. Here you will find some history, safety info, uses, a few uses, and much more.
Other Names: chamomile, chamomile romaine, English chamomile, garden chamomile, sweet chamomile, true chamomile
-Has been used for over 2000 years in Europe and the Mediterranean
-Mainly in Europe, it was used for medicinal purposes, skincare, and teas
-Ancient Egyptians are was a sacred flower and was offered to the sun god Ra
-It is one of the nine sacred herbs of the Saxons called ‘may then’
-It was used to improve air quality and reduce the insect population in homes and walkways in the Middle Ages
-Can cause dermatitis in some people
-Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy
-If the client is allergic to Ragweed or other members of the Asteraceae family take extra care
Blends well with the following oils: Benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, citrus oils, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, neroli, patchouli, rose, ylang-ylang
Key Qualities: restorative, calming, sedative, relaxing, soothing, warming, balancing, comforting, mild, slightly soporific or hypnotic in large doses
Therapeutic Actions: analgesic, anodyne, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antiphlogistic, antipruritic, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, digestant, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, ophthalmic, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary
-Skin Care: abscesses, acne, allergies, boils, burns, cuts, chilblains, cold sores, dermatitis, earache, eczema, dandruff, hair care, herpes, inflammation, infection, insect bites, psoriasis, rashes, sensitive skin, sores, stings, teething pain, toothache, wounds
-Circulation, Muscles, and Joints: arthritis, capillaries (broken), inflamed joints, muscular pain, neuralgia, rheumatism, sprains, strains
-Digestive System: dyspepsia, colic, colitis, cramps (stomach), flatulence, gastritis, indigestion, peptic ulcers, nausea
-Genito-urinary System: amenorrhea, candida, cystitis, dysmenorrhea, menopausal problems, menorrhagia, PMS
-Immune System: fever, strengthens the Immune system
-Nervous System: anger, anxiety, depression, headache, insomnia, irritability, nervous tension, neuralgia, migraine, stress-related complaints
-Respiratory: allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cough
Recommended Daily Dosage
-Three times a day
-3-5 drops externally
-Teething: apply the oil diluted in a small amount of vegetable oil directly to gums using a sterile cotton swab
-Conjunctivitis: add 1drop in ½ cup warm water, apply to the eye with a sterile cotton ball. Be sure to use a sterile cotton ball for each eye
All recipes are mixed with 25 ml of oil
-Nervousness: 7 drops chamomile, 3 drops lavender, 3 drops rose
-Sore Muscles: 5 drops chamomile, 4 drops lavender, 3 drops marjoram
-Stomach Soother: 7 drops chamomile, 4 drops ginger, 2 drops cardamon
-Reproductive System: 5 drops chamomile, 4 drops rose, 2 drops geranium
How to Grow and Use Chamomile
The chamomile herb is an extremely useful sleeping agent for many who suffer from mild forms of insomnia. Besides this, some health benefits have been reported on consuming chamomile tea. The fresh or dried flowers are steeped in hot water to produce a mild tea which is both soothing and delicious! There are many different varieties of the herb. Some that grow wildly and some that are cultivated for use. Of the many varieties, only two- German chamomile and Roman chamomile- are used for drinking purposes. You can purchase these at your tea store or you can even choose to grow them!
How to Grow Chamomile
- German chamomile grows from seeds sown directly in their garden location. The delicate seeds are very tiny and should be handled with care. The best way to plant these is to scatter the seeds over the prepared bed and then gently tapping the soil with the flat side of a hoe or the back of a spade. This variety of chamomile is planted when temperatures hit 10C, so it’s best to grow chamomile in colder countries. It usually germinates within a week to ten days. Flowering occurs anywhere between eight to ten weeks. Blooms develop continuously, and once flowering commences, harvesting is possible every ten days to two weeks.
Roman chamomile can be started from seeds or cuttings, or by root division. While German chamomiles can withstand a bit of frost, the Roman variety needs full sun. The seedling should have a six to twelve-inch spacing ad planted in a slightly acidic to neutral soil with good drainage. A rich soil will produce lush leaf growth but few flowers. It is excellent, but slow-growing, ground cover for cooler areas. Roman chamomile does not tolerate hot, dry weather. It has approximately the same harvest time as German chamomile.
Once harvested both varieties can be dried and stored. They both make excellent teas. One simply needs to add a few chamomile flowers to a cup of hot water and allow it to steep for 4-5 minutes. Since chamomile has an extremely mild flavor, this tea will never be too strong to the taste, but one can steep the tea longer if desired. It is best to avoid any additions to the tea, be it milk, sugar, or honey as it will completely overpower the flavor of the tea. Now, pick a cup, steep the tea, sit back, and enjoy!