The Healing And Medicinal Properties Of Chamomile

The Healing And Medicinal Properties Of Chamomile 

Chamomile refers to a range of daisy like plants. These are members of the Asteraceae family. There are actually a number of different species, however the two most commonly known are, Roman chamomile, and German chamomile. Both of these species have been used for their anti-inflammatory and calming properties since ancient times.

It’s an age-old herb that has been used for its medicinal purposes in ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt. It grew in popularity during the middle ages and was frequently used for a number of medical complaints.

It is widely believed to have been the European counterpart of China’s ginseng. The common complaints chamomile treated were skin diseases, cancer, nervous complaints, nausea, children’s ailments, fevers, inflammations, colic, and asthma. 

Medicinal
Properties

The healing properties of chamomile come from its flowers,
which can easily be mistaken for those of a daisy. They contain oils such as
matricin, bisabolol, as well as flavonoids, and other substances of therapeutic
value.

We commonly recognize chamomile as a sleep aid, and
frequently drink the tea before bed to relax ourselves in order to fall asleep
easier.

However,
there is more to chamomile than this.

According to Organic Facts chamomile can be used to treat
colds, fevers, stomach ailments, as well as serving as an anti-inflammatory.

Scientific
research has been done extensively in the last 20 years that has confirmed the
established uses, as well as highlighting further healing properties.

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Chamomile is antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal,
antiseptic, antispasmodic, and antiallergenic. This means that chamomile can be
used as a muscle relaxant, and is actually considered a drug in 26 different
country’s pharmacopoeia. 

Healing And
Healthy Benefits

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It can be used a tea for such issues as rashes,
rheumatic problems, and lumbago.

·        
It comes in salve form to use for wounds and
hemorrhoids.

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Additionally, it can alleviate asthma symptoms and
colds as a vapor.

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Drinking the tea after a meal can aid digestion, and
it can treat ulcerative colitis and gastritis, too.

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Additionally, it reduces inflammation to allow the
bowels to move without having a laxative effect.

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It can also relieve allergies in the same way an
antihistamine does.

·        
Because it can promote relaxation and relieve stress,
it can have similar effects as anti-anxiety drugs, as well as assisting in
controlling insomnia. However, if you have been prescribed medication for this
purpose it is important that you consult your doctor before you stop taking it.

·        
In the form of a lotion, it is ideal for sunburn,
rashes, eczema, and minor burns. It not only eases the itching, but also
reduces the skin inflammation. It speeds up healing and prevents infections.

Usage

WebMD suggests caution when using chamomile if you are
allergic to ragweed plants. However, this is its only known issue, which makes
sense considering how common chamomile tea is.

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Chamomile essential oils can be used in Aromatherapy
with a diffuser or by simply placing a few drops on your pillow prior to sleep.

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To take it orally you must first dilute it in water,
and generally, 2 drops would be sufficient.

·        
If you are using it in a bath for whatever reason 10
drops is recommended.

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It can also be blended with a carrier oil to use for
massage purposes, or with a cream for topical relief. Chamomile essential oil
can only be applied topically to the skin when diluted with a carrier oil, like
Jojoba.

Conclusion

Chamomile tea is the most widely drank herbal tea. The Herb
Research Foundation estimates that more than one million cups of chamomile tea are
drank a daily basis worldwide. It seems that all of us can take advantage of
the many healing properties that it offers. 

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