The ancient Egyptians used it for curing fevers. The Norsemen put it their shampoos. Today, we use it in teas for flavor and purposes of healing. What is this famous ingredient with many uses? Chamomile. Chamomile has been around for a long time and is continuing to be used in new ways. It is a daisy-like plant that is well-known for its strong aroma. A person can easily find products that contain chamomile in some form, whether it be in shampoos, lotions, soaps, teas, or even candles.
While aroma therapy is one of the benefits of this herb, most benefits come by using the herb in teas. Whether it be hot or cold, teas have been used all around the world, and all throughout history, and known to be beneficial to one’s overall well-being. When a person grabs a nice, hot cup of chamomile tea, he or she slowly breathes in the aroma of the herb while taking a sip. With every exhale, the person releases stress bit by bit as they focus on the flavor and fragrance of the tea itself. While this can be done with any hot cup of tea, chamomile, in particular, is known to have stress-relieving powers. This is especially useful to sufferers of depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
Insomniacs will also find that chamomile tea will help them to unwind for the night and get to sleep better. Perhaps the reason for this is because, as mentioned above, chamomile helps to relieve stress and calm a person’s body and mind. The tea is usually mixed with either warm milk or honey. Warm milk is known to help insomniacs get to sleep, and honey is just another amazing ingredient that offers many health benefits by itself.
So what about physical pains, injuries, and discomforts? Let us start with sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and muscle cramps. Chamomile tea is a great aid for digestive discomforts. It soothes the digestive track, which helps to relieve nausea and other gastric issues. It also helps to decrease pain caused by muscle cramps, whether it be leg cramps or cramps during menstrual cycles. In most cases, a person should drink about two to three cups of chamomile tea a day to really notice results. Usually, one cup at random will not produce the benefits at the exact moment needed. Also, all of these symptoms can either be minor or serious conditions, so if your symptoms persist longer than normal, consult your doctor just in case.
Chamomile tea not only contains antioxidants, but it has also been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is used both internally and externally to treat minor cuts and burns and prevent or heal infections in the mouth or respiratory system. Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and dark circles under the eyes also benefit from this tea. Chamomile can be used as a lightening agent, so it is no wonder that you will find it in some skin lotion and hair coloring products.
Do you have a cold or simply just need to boost your immune system? Perhaps you are prone to getting migraines. Chamomile tea can help! By drinking at least two or three cups every day, you are already on your way to improving your overall health and reducing stress, pains and discomforts. While so much is already known about the powers of this little herb, it will be fascinating to find out what other benefits chamomile tea has to offer.
It has been noted that Chamomile Tea is not recommended for women that are pregnant.