There’s nothing better than a cup of hot traditional herbal tea, especially in the winter! So if you want to brew yourself some, open the kitchen cupboard and reach for this organic camomile tea!
Made from Traditional Medicinals, this herbal supplement is a chance for everybody who values their health, to fortify it through drinking a beneficial infusion, made entirely from high quality chamomile blooms. For the sake of convenience, the chamomile is naturally dried, ground and put in filtered bags, perfect for steeping.
Camomile (also spelled chamomile) is a daisy-resembling plant, and is one of the most recognized herbs in the world (especially in Europe), because its benefits have been tested and praised for thousands of years by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
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Most recent and ongoing chamomile researches have scientifically proven the specific health-improving qualities of this charming little flower, thus confirming its positive reputation. As you’ve probably noticed, chamomile is offered in different forms like capsules, tablets, etheric oil, and of course – tea.
Health benefits of chamomile
Chamomile soothes stomach problems. A cup of nice chamomile tea can relieve nausea, facilitate smooth digestion, and reduce stomach gas. Studies have suggested that chamomile tea can be a good diarrhea cure for adults and kids. Some parents even give chamomile tea to their babies to ease their colic.
Camomile is an excellent anti-inflammatory herb. People can use it for alleviating wound tumefaction, and even use it on their eyes in cases of eye-related issues. For example, in cases of conjunctivitis, soak some cotton or a tampon in cooled chamomile tea, then place it on the eye. You can repeat this procedure few times a day. A chamomile compress boosts the healing of wounds, skin conditions and burns. To boot, chamomile can benefit the scalp if it is scaly and dry.
The herb stabilizes the blood sugar. Chamomile can lower the blood sugar levels in diabetics, but on the other hand, it can also increase blood sugar in people with hypoglycemia.
Camomile tea has anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties. Numerous studies have backed this exact effect of the traditional herb. One of the last studies regarding this matter was conducted by the UK’s University of Nottingham Medical School. The results showed that chamomile fairly calmed blood vessels and smoothed muscle fibers. The effects has been found to be caused by the plant’s hydroxylates – luteolin, bisabolol, and apigenin.
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Another more recent study, dedicated to proving the nerve system-calming property of the herb, was done in the South Korean Eulji University Hospital. In it, 56 individuals undergoing surgery and coronary treatment were treated with aromatherapy consisting of chamomile, lavender, and neroli. There was also a control group given solely nursing care. The difference in the end was that the people who were given aromatherapy experienced particularly lower anxiety and better sleep quality.
Furthermore, back in 2009 a clinical trial at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine included 19 people diagnosed with comorbid depression and anxiety, along with 16 other people who had previously had such psychologically-emotional problems. These two groups were studied at the same time with a third group of 22 people who had never had suffered from either of the conditions.
The researchers gave the participants either a placebo, or a chamomile extract. The entire trial continued 8 weeks. In the first week the subjects were given 1 capsule a day. Those who experienced lesser effect from the chamomile capsules, were given two capsules a day the second week, 3 capsules the third, 4 capsules the fourth week, and then 5 capsules daily for the rest of the experimental time.
Using the Hamilton Anxiety Rating scoring system to determine the results, the research-workers established that 57% of those using chamomile extract felt at least 50% relief from their symptoms. 3 years later, the data from this research was reviewed again by the University of Pennsylvania to see if the results were really genuine and “clinically meaningful”. After carefully examining the data, the researchers concluded that the results were indeed “clinically meaningful”, and that chamomile can be used for the treatment of depression and anxiety. For a more complex anxiety treatment, chamomile can be combined with St. John’s Wort, lavender and a few other natural stress relievers.
Relieve your muscle spasms with chamomile. The herb is effective in soothing muscle cramps and back pain, thanks to the presence of the amino acid glycine that’s found present in it.
Picking up from the last benefit of chamomile, we can also say that this small flower is a traditional soothing remedy for menstrual cramps. Camomile can also assist in controlling irregular periods by stimulating blood flow in the uterus and pelvic area. However, women who’re trying to conceive should be careful with the consumption of chamomile tea.
How to prepare chamomile tea?
- Put a chamomile tea bag in a cup
- Pour in at least 200 ml hot water
- Steep for 5-10 minutes
- You can add some lemon and honey for taste
How much chamomile tea should you drink?
Chamomile dosage is not standardized, but those who take it in tea form, normally drink from 1 to 4 cups daily.
People allergic to plants from the Asteraceae daisy family (like ragweed or asters), should avoid using chamomile. In such cases, possible side effects could be: contact dermatitis, anaphylactic shock etc.
Avoid during pregnancy.
Likely interactions with cyclosporine and warfarin have been reported. Because these substances have a concentrated therapeutic index, individuals who take them in bigger dosages, should avoid using chamomile at the same time.