What is Chamomile?
Chamomile is a flowering plant in the daisy family. It is native to Europe and Asia. The flowers are used medicinally.
Chamomile comes in capsule, liquid, and tea form.
Common Names—chamomile, Matricaria recutita, German chamomile, true chamomile, Hungarian chamomile
Latin Names—Matricaria recutita, Chamomilla recutita
What Chamomile Is Used For?
Chamomile has a long history of use in Europe for digestive ailments. The active constiuents of chamomile have anti-inflammatory properties, and ease spasm and discomfort in the digestive tract.
Conjunctivitis, eye irritations
Irritable bowel syndrome
How Chamomile Is Used?
The flowering tops of the chamomile plant are used to make teas, liquid extracts, capsules, or tablets. The herb can also be applied to the skin as a cream or an ointment, or used as a mouth rinse.
What the Science Says?
Some early studies point to chamomile’s possible benefits for mouth ulcers and certain skin conditions. In combination with other herbs, it may be of some benefit for upset stomach and for diarrhea in children.
NCCAM-funded research on chamomile includes studies of the herb for generalized anxiety disorder and for chronic pain caused by children’s bowel disorders.
About the Chamomile Flower Tea
Chamomile is one of the most widely used flowers for herbal tea.
It is a relaxing evening drink that can be enjoyed with or without honey. The tea is brewed from the dried flowers of the chamomile plant, and is reputed to have many health and digestive benefits.
Used as a tea, chamomile is known to relax smooth muscle tissue. In this way, it is useful in such things as calming a nervous stomach and relieving menstrual cramps. The tea is often used to promote relaxation and alleviate stress.
It is used as a mild sedative, and is good for insomnia as well as many other nervous conditions. It is nervine and sedative especially suited to teething children and those who have been in a highly emotional state over a long period of time. Except for the small risk of allergy, Chamomile is also one of the safest herbs to use.
Chamomile flowers are used in alternative medicine as an anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, nervine, stomachic, tonic, vasodilatory. The anti-inflammatory properties make it good for rheumatism, arthritis, and other painful swellings. Additional uses in herbal medicine include an antispasmodic for intestinal and menstrual cramps, relieving gas pains, and a very mild but efficient laxative. Milder tea in large doses is given throughout the day for fevers, sore throats, the aches and pains due to colds, flu, and allergies.
Chamomile tea benefits have been widely acknowledged and recognized for centuries.
It comes from herb Matricaria recutita, also known as manzanilla. Its flowers and leaves have been brewed for centuries and drank as a fragrant and flavorful tea. Chamomile tea’s reputation as a medicinal tea shows little signs of abatement.
Chamomile tea has been regarded as a medicinal cure-all. It had been considered a universal remedy by the ancient Egyptians. Now, researchers in England have found new evidence that the chamomile tea may actually help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds and menstrual cramps.
The essential oils and flavonoids found in chamomile flowers have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce redness and swelling of the skin, particularly when applied directly to the skin in a cream or compress.
The essential oil bisabolol may help reduce stomach and menstrual cramps. Bisabolol is found in the German, but not the Roman variety of chamomile.
As a Burn Treatment
Bisabolol oil is added to creams and other oils and applied directly to the skin to speed the healing of burns (including sunburn), cuts and rashes.
Anti-fungal and Anti-bacterial
Chamomile is used as a mouthwash to help kill germs as well as soothe inflamed gums.
The chemical apigenin, found in chamomile flowers, helps to calm the central nervous system. This is perhaps chamomile’s biggest claim to fame, as it is commonly recommended as a night-time sleep aid.
The researchers have found that drinking chamomile tea was associated with a significant increase in urinary levels of hippurate (breakdown products of certain plant-based compounds) and glycine(an amino acid).
The presence of those components appear to contribute to the following chamomile tea benefits:
Chamomile tea boosts the immune system and fight infections associated with colds
Chamomile tea relieves muscle spasms and menstrual cramps in women
Chamomile tea relaxes the nerves
Chamomile tea soothes the stomach
Chamomile tea reduces inflammation
Chamomile tea improves liver function
Chamomile tea helps relieve back pain
Chamomile tea helps relieve rheumatism
Levels of both hippurate and glycine remained elevated for up to two weeks after the study participants stopped drinking the tea, indicating that the compounds may remain active for quite some time, according to the researchers.
Chamomile tea could help to prepare your mind for a good night’s sleep.
And, it is very easy to brew a cup of Chamomile Tea.
Wash the flowers with hot water.
Brew the flowers in a teapot or cup with a lip for about 5 minutes.
Strain the flowers.
Add in some honey or rock sugar(Optional).
Tips: Don’t waste the Chamomile flower tea grounds after drinking!
Have dry eyes? Tired eyes? Itching, burning, throbbing eyes? How about pink eye? Allergy eye? Are you always on the computer, having to cope with all sorts of eye issues?
If your eyes are giving you painful, aggravating trouble, here’s a simple and quick natural remedy that will bring soothing relief to your eyes!
Step 1: Strain the Chamomile flower. (Don’t pour the tea water away and keep it for further usage)
Step 2: Put warm and wet Chamomile flower grounds into a piece of medical gauze, wrap them up softly (make sure the tea grounds are warm but not hot!)
Step 3: Put the warm chamomile flower bag onto your eyes. Apply hot compress For about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Pour the Chamomile flower tea water into a clean washbasin, add in some clean warm water. Wash your eyes with the water after the hot compress step.
Mint, Lavender, Stevia, Honey
Refreshing, smooth and has a natural sweet fragrance and taste.
Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.
An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.
Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.
The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.
In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.
That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.
Side Effects and Cautions
There are reports of rare allergic reactions in people who have eaten or come into contact with chamomile products. Reactions include skin rashes, throat swelling, shortness of breath, and anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction).
People are more likely to experience allergic reactions to chamomile if they are allergic to related plants in the daisy family, which includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies.
Chamomile is part of the Asteraceae plant family, which includes ragweed and chrysanthemum, so people with allergies may react when they use chamomile either internally or topically.
Call your doctor if you experience vomiting, skin irritation, allergic reactions (chest tightness, wheezing, hives, rash, itching) after chamomile use.
Chamomile should not be taken during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
Chamomile contains coumarin, a naturally-occurring compound with anticoagulant or blood-thinning effects. It should not be combined with warfarin or other medications or supplements that have the same effect or be used by people with bleeding disorders.
It shouldn’t be used two weeks before or after surgery.