Chamomile is a herb that has been in nature for centuries and is part of the daisy family. It can be used medicinally to address a variety of health needs from upset stomach to itchy skin. In Greek, chamomile means “ground apple.” In Spanish, its name is “manzanilla,” which means “little apple.” If you have some chamomile tea, open the box and breathe it in. You’ll agree, “ground apple” is an accurate description! Once you taste it, its fruity, apple-like flavor will confirm this as well. There are several different varieties of chamomile: Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Moroccan Chamomile, Cape Chamomile, Double Flowered Chamomile, and Dyers/Yellow Chamomile. While they are different species, they do contain similar properties.
Chamomile is available in two prevalent forms. The first is the popular tea version. The other is chamomile in oil form. There are many advantages to chamomile, whether used as a tea or as an oil. In the oil, the active component is bisabolol. Bisabolol contains many anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities.
Here are a few of the health benefits of chamomile tea:
For people who suffer from chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome, menstrual cramps, or just a bad stomachache, chamomile tea is extremely comforting and soothing. It helps to break up gas and bloating in the digestive system. Also, its pronounced anti-spasm abilities dispel cramps and pain. If you’re experiencing stomach discomfort, try chamomile tea instead of coffee.
Chamomile tea can be relaxing and soothing to sore joints and muscles. Plus, there is also the aromatherapy of breathing in that wonderful ground apple scent.
Used topically on the skin, steeped and cooled chamomile tea bags soothe bug bites, rashes, bruises, eczema and itchy skin.
As mentioned above, chamomile tea is effective in relieving menstrual cramps. Chamomile relaxes muscles and relieves pain. In addition, just the act of sipping chamomile tea is a quieting, relaxing practice.
With its superhero antioxidant abilities, chamomile tea fights inflammation to protect your body against high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. Research has shown it is effective in slowing the aging process, evidenced by the diminished presence of wrinkles and increased skin suppleness.
Steeped then cooled, chamomile teabags can be placed on dark under-eye circles to reduce puffiness and lighten tired under-eye skin. Cooled brewed chamomile tea mixed with powdered milk serves as an excellent body and face scrub. It eliminates dead skin cells to reveal fresh, clean skin.
Pregnant women are generally encouraged to avoid chamomile during pregnancy as it is thought to simulate uterine contractions.
Fun facts about Chamomile:
- It is the national flower of Russia
- Buckingham Palace uses it on its lawns instead of grass
- Blonde hair can be lightened with chamomile tea
Enjoy a cup of chamomile tea today and just think of all the good you’re doing to your mind and body!