Chamomile has been used since centuries for its potential health benefits. It is available in two strains- German and Roman strains; though both have similar effects on the body, but the former is most commonly found. It has various known effects, but the most popular benefit is the smoothing effect it has. Chamomile tea is used for anxiety, insomnia, and number of gastrointestinal disorders. Chamomile is usually taken in the form of tea, but it is also available in capsules, liquid extracts, and tablets. Liquid extracts are generally the highest quality product of the chamomile. It is also made in cream for skin and mouth ulcer application.
Medicinal Benefits of Chamomile:
Here is the list of medicinal benefits of chamomile:
- Treat gastrointestinal diseases including irritable bowel syndrome and various others. It’s known antispasmodic actions relax the smooth muscles lining the gastrointestinal track. It can also provide symptomatic relief for the corhn’s disease.
- Aids in digestion when taken after big meals.
- Beneficial for treating eye infections. Compressed form of cooled chamomile tea is high effective against conjunctivitis.
- Treat mouth sores and ulcers. For this purpose, mouth wash made from chamomile is highly recommended. Also provide relief during teething and colic in children.
- Controls the irritation of skin rashes, minor burns, and sunburn. This herb may ease the itch of eczema, if used in the form of lotion after bath.
- Chamomile tea can also regulate blood sugar levels, which makes it ideal for the diabetic patients.
- Provide relief during menstruation by reducing cramps. Chamomile supplements can relax the smooth muscles lining uterus that ease the discomfort of menstrual cramping.
- Provide speeding wound healing. Make tea by adding three tea bags of chamomile herb in the water, bring it to boil, cool it down, and then apply to the effected are through muslin cloth.
Psychological Benefits of Chamomile:
- Provide relief in depression and stress. It has anti-anxiety properties that can help a person with anxiety issues. It contain a therapeutic compound called apigenin, which soothes the affected area of brain and nervous system to reduce stress and induce the feelings of calmness.
- Help with sleeplessness. It is recommended to drink chamomile tea after dinner to fall asleep more easily.
- Can help with morning sickness during pregnancy.
Usage and Dosage:
For headache, massage diluted oil for relief. In a bath, add ten drops of chamomile liquid extract to the warm water for relaxation. It can also be used as disinfectant in the form of spray. To make tea, a tea bag or 2-3 table spoons of dried flower and sufficient.
Patients with known family history of allergies to Asteracea plants (e.g. sunflower) should avoid using chamomile. People who are already allergy to this plant may experience allergic reactions including shortness of breath, anaphylaxis, throat swelling, and skin rashes. It is not recommended to use chamomile tea if you are taking blood thinners. It is always advisable to use chamomile after consulting your doctor or health care expert to avoid any unwanted consequences.