Chamomile (sometimes also pronounced ‘camomile’) has been known as a medicinal plant for centuries. This modest plant has many amazing properties which can serve us every day. So it is time for you to stop looking at it as a suspiciously smelling infusion for sick people and start experiencing all the health benefits of chamomile tea now.
Chamomile owes its healing properties mainly to the etheric oils it contains but it is also rich in flavonoids and mineral salts.
So what are the benefits of chamomile tea?
- Chamomile tea helps to recuperate from a cold
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties so it can help recuperate from a cold or a flu. It can also reduce fever, relieve cough and sore throat and boost the immune system.
- Chamomile will let you sleep better
Chamomile tea has been recommended for centuries as a cure for insomnia. Thanks to its calming effect it is a great drink before bedtime. It can have a beneficial effect in moments of stress and anxiety because it reduces nervousness and mood swings.
- Chamomile tea has a beneficial effect on the stomach and intestines
Drinking chamomile infusion improves and regulates digestion. It also a diuretic, which means that it can help remove excess water from the body. While being so effective it is also very gentle, so that it can be safely given even to infants. Chamomile relieves nausea, pain and tension of the abdominal cavity. At the same time it improves appetite and digestion. It can even bring relief to babies suffering from infantile colic.
- Chamomile can help reduce pain
Chamomile can be used as analgesic to relieve headaches and migraine. It can be also effective agains muscle aches and sore joints, rheumatic pains and toothaches.
- It reduces menstrual cramps and PMS
Chamomile has muscle relaxing and calming properties. Therefore, it can alleviate menstrual cramps. It also reduces headaches associated with premenstrual tension while boosting the mood at the same time.
- Chamomile soothes the skin
Another important benefit of the chamomile infusion is that it can be used not only internally as a drink but also externally. You can use the infusion of chamomile to wash the skin or apply compresses. It has a strong antibacterial effect while being mild and harmless to the skin. Chamomile accelerates wound healing and soothes irritated skin and it is recommended in the treatment of hemorrhoids and eczema.
Chamomile is recommended to use as daily facial cleanser, especially in case of acne, excess sebum and other imperfections.
- Chamomile fights bacteria
It is recommended to flush the throat with chamomile tea because of its antibacterial effect, particularly in the case of inflammation of the gums or throat. Remember that chamomile is not the only herb that helps fighting germs, it is also one of the oolong tea benefits.
- A healing bath
A delightful way that allows you to take advantage of all the wonderful chamomile tea benefits at once (skin soothing, calming, relaxing and antibacterial) is a bath. It is very easy to prepare, just pour an infusion made from two handfuls of dried chamomile to a bathtub filled with water.
Remember that chamomile tea is an infusion with incredible benefits, but if you are allergic to daisies, you should probably avoid chamomile as well. If you are taking medication ask your doctor about possible interactions and make sure it will be beneficial to add chamomile to your diet.
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