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Chamomile Health Benefits

What is Chamomile?

Chamomile Health Benefits

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 a number of health problems. The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

What are the Benefits of Chamomile?

Chamomile can be used topically or orally to treat a number of everyday ailments, such as:

  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Muscle twitches
  • Wounds, burns, and scrapes
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash
  • Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers

Uses of Chamomile

Home Remedy for Stomach Cramps

Chamomile has been found to contain fairly strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents. Therefore, it has been found to be effective in treating stomach and intestinal cramps. Simply prepare a cup of Chamomile tea following the directions on the package and drink it twice a day until while symptoms are present (one cup first thing in the morning, and one in the evening).

Home Remedy for Insomnia

Chamomile is wonderful remedy for sleep disorders such as insomnia. Simply make a chamomile tea 30 to 45 minutes before going to bed to treat sleeplessness.

Home Remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Chamomile reduces cramping and pain in the bowels and also helps to relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestines. Therefore, a simple remedy is to drink a cup of chamomile tea to help relieve irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, and gastroenteritis or stomach flu.

Home Remedy for Migraine Headaches

Chamomile is a wonderful cure for migraines. Take a cup of tea when you start noticing the symptoms of a migraine headache. It works best if you take it before the headache actually gets severe.

Home Remedy for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Menstrual Cramps

Drinking chamomile tea has been found to be beneficial in treating PMS and Menstrual Cramps.

Using Chamomile to Treat Burns and Scrapes

Chamomile oil is very useful in treating bad burns. Simple rub a small amount of oil gently across the burned area once a day. For scrapes and burns you can also brew a strong concoction by adding 3 tea bags to one cup of boiling water. When the water cools, dip a cloth into it and use it as a compress on the wounded area.

Lightening Skin Using Chamomile

Chamomile has been found to be advantageous for lightening your skin tone. Simply bring two quarts of water to a boil with 2 chamomile tea bags in it. Then place your face above the steaming pot of chamomile tea. A bath in water mixed with chamomile tea works too.

Reducing Dark Circles Around Eyes

Chamomile tea has been found to help relieve eye fatigue and dark circles. A simple remedy is to dip 2 chamomile tea bags in warm water. After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags from the water and let them cool to room temperature. Then place them on your eyes at night as a compress.

What are the Side Effects of Chamomile?

As with all herbal products, moderation is the key to avoiding adverse reactions. Some of the potential side effects of chamomile include drowsiness, so use it with caution if you are driving or operating machinery. High doses of chamomile can also cause vomiting and/or skin reactions in some individuals. If you are allergic to ragweed pollen or have hayfever, you may have difficulty using chamomile.

Using chamomile during pregnancy is not recommended, since it is considered to be an abortifacient (a substance that induces abortion). Chamomile is also not recommended if you are currently taking blood thinners, since chamomile contains a substance called coumarin (which is also a blood thinner).

Where and How to Buy Chamomile

Chamomile can be bought as dried flower heads, an infusion (tea), liquid extract, essential oil, tinctures (concentrated in alcohol), and in creams and ointments. Tea bags are the most common form and can be found at many mainstream grocery stores and pharmacies.

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  1. on said:

    Hello everyone, I used to get panic attacks and couldn't sleep at night for almost a month. I tried all remedies but nothing really worked but when I tried chamomile tea I felt goodand now I can sleep at night. Thank God I found this tea. I would recommend it to everybody who is trying to find remedies to sleep better.

  2. on said:

    @Fatima - I drink Chamomile tea during the day and/or at night. I haven't noticed anything other than it's calming effects. However, some people feel sleepy after drinking Chamomile tea. If you feel drowsy or sleepy at work then I would suggest that you should stick to drinking it at night only.

  3. on said:

    Danisha - I have been drinking Chamomile tea for years and haven't noticed any side effects. If you are on any medication for anxiety then keep an eye on any changes you notice. But overall it is pretty harmless tea. I hope it helps!

  4. on said:

    Hello everyone, I want some feedback about Chamomile. I have been suffering from anxiety disorder for years and now it is getting worse. I got a 20 pack of chamomile teabags and just had a cup of it. I would like to know if there are any bad side effects that go along with taking chamomile tea for anxiety disorder in my case? If someone could let me know I would greatly appreciate it.

  5. on said:

    I just started using chamomile tea. I get severe headaches "not migraine" and I work during the day and I was wondering if I can have a cup of Chamomile tea during the day?

  6. on said:

    Chamomile suits me well. It
    gets rid of gas and helps me sleep better. Is it safe to take every night for long term?

  7. on said:

    I tried chamomile tea during a flight when I was changing planes in Denver from Wash DC to Oakland, Ca. My stomach felt gaseous and I felt nauseous. After drinking about 1/2 cup of Chamomile tea I felt much relief and wasn't so cranky while I waited for my baggage. It really helped me to relax and enjoy the last leg of my flight.

  8. on said:

    Amen, Candy!! So glad to hear that. Sorry to hear about your loss, but so love hearing about your faith in Jesus!! He truly is all that we need :) I love that your name is Candy. I have a sweet tooth and was just talking about how much I love candy and to see your post, made my night!

  9. on said:

    It's a very good tea. I love it so much!

  10. on said:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss - I know well the never-ending aching pain, anxiety and sorrow you are feeling. My husband went home in 2005. Your pain will lessen with time but your love for him will only deepen. It is true that time does heal, and it will heal you, it's just the going through the "pain" that is hard. Right now it is hard to imagine life without him. It may seem almost hopeless and scary. But please look at those around you who love you and want to be there for you. Lean on them as much as you can. Most people do not want to interfere and it may seem as if they don't care, but they do. Just call on them. Lean on the Almighty Creator, our Heavenly God. He is real, He is there and He lives in you and me as well. Search for Him through Jesus Christ, they are helping you through this painful storm. With much love. Blessings to you!


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