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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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    Dear Lorrie Wall, I am suffering from anxiety too. I have been drinking chamomile tea 6 grams in the morning and another 6 grams before going to bed. I read that it helps relieve anxiety. I have also been taking Lexapro 20mg since 40 days. If you are suffering from this disorder, I am so sorry. Anxiety hit me just once after 17 days of taking Lexapro. Now I am feeling good. I don't think it will ever get back to me. I am drinking raw vegetable juices, eating brown rice, drinking organic milk. I have completely put a full stop to fruits as they contain a lot of sugar, which is bad for this disorder. I drink decaf coffee and walk an hour a day!! Please take care. Don't suffer from this illness. My heart goes out to you. Don't forget to exercise. I don't know if chamomile tea is making me gain weight, or it's Lexapro. I think I am gaining weight.

  2. on said:

    My wife says the more you drink chamomile tea, the more you will be awake. I am going to buy some to see if it works for me. Thank you for the article.

  3. on said:

    Will Chamomile tea help with anxiety and help me gain weight?

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    I'm having sleeping problems for 2 weeks now. My fiance told me to drink Chamomile tea. He said it will help me have a good sleep. So I bought this twinings Chamomile tea. Hopefully it will work. God bless everyone!

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    Will Chamomile make you lose or gain weight?

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    I make a Calendula and Chamomile salve/balm to rub on the skin, it helps a lot with psoriasis.

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    Does Chamomile help to gain weight?

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    Growing up my mother and grandparents always used Chamomile tea when one of us would have pink eye. I used it on my kids and now on my grandkids. All you do is boil water in a cup and add either the tea bag or the actual Chamomile that comes in a little bag at a supermarket in the seasoning section. Boil filtered water and make the tea with about a quarter to one half a cup of water to one tea bag or one heaped teaspoon of tea. Let it brew for about five minutes. Take out the tea and let it cool down to room temperature. Wash your hands and dry thoroughly. Dip a cotton pad (organic cotton ones) into it. Squeeze a little tea out and wipe from inner eye to outer eye in one sweep. Discard pad. Wash hands again and use a new cotton wipe for the next eye. Repeat every couple of hours throughout the day. It works great!

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    How does chamomile help with psoriasis. Should it be taken in tea form or oil form?

  10. on said:

    Is chamomile an anti-inflammatory only in essential oil form or does the chamomile tea has that property too?

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