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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:

    I drink a cup of chamomile tea every night. It helps to relieve the stress of the day.

  2. on said:

    Chamomile tea reduces burning sensation caused by ulcers.

  3. on said:

    @selepe - Chamomile can help but if you suffer from insomnia, it won't magically cure you. A warm cup of chamomile with a bit of honey will ease the transition and make sleeping easier but if you have a more aggravated issue then no, it might not help. You need to find out why you are having sleepless nights, why you are always tired? There is usually something behind it - stress at work, stress at home, childhood traumas and other things

  4. on said:

    I drank my Chamomile tea 20 mins before I went to bed. And it really relaxed me and I fell asleep. I had a good night's sleep. I have insomnia, and my friend told me to drink a cup before I go to bed. Believe me it works. Lidia, Jan 20.2016

  5. on said:

    Slepe, Drinking one cup of Chamomile tea about half hour before going to bed helps with sleeplessness. Don't take it if you are pregnant.

  6. on said:

    I am having sleepless nights and am always tired. Can chamomile tea assist and how much can I take?

  7. on said:

    Inyang Mabel, Drinking 1-2 cups of Chamomile tea daily is a safe amount to consume.

  8. on said:

    @Inyang Mabel, if you are taking blood thinners and also drinking 4-5 cups of Chamomile tea, you should try to get PT test done to monitor your blood. Since Chamomile also has blood-thinning activity.

  9. on said:

    Jean Lu, Chamomile is, sometimes, used to help lower blood pressure caused by stress and anxiety. Even though, it is not a specific home remedy for high blood pressure, but drinking one cup of chamomile tea helps with blood pressure indirectly by reducing the anxiety or stress levels. If you are taking any blood thinners, you should watch your Chamomile intake since it also aids blood-thinning.

  10. on said:

    Can Chamomile cause your blood pressure to rise?


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