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4 Health Benefits of Chamomile

4 Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the oldest and most popular medicinal herbs, but it has also become one of the best studied by modern medicine. According to†one medical paper, more than one million cups of camomile tea are consumed per day around the world. For good reason, as this little white flower can have some big benefits for your health.

There are two types of chamomile typically used for medicinal purposes, German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). There’s a very low risk of side effects to using chamomile as a tea or extract, however some people can be allergic to its pollen. People who suffer from ragweed allergies should be cautious.

1. Fall asleep faster

Chamomile tea and and essential oil aromatherapy are widely used to help induce sleep. Yet the effectiveness of chamomile as a sleep aide hasnít been subjected to much clinical study. However on a chemical level, chamomile extracts have†been shown to have sedative properties. So, go ahead and take your grandmotherís advice and have a cup of this herbal tea before bed.

2. Sooth common cold symptoms

We canít say that chamomile is a cure for the common cold, but it can reduce suffering from its symptoms.†Preliminary studies show that inhaling steam containing chamomile extract soothes the discomfort caused by an upper respiratory infection. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory compounds, which may explain these benefits.

3. Reduce stress

Chamomile contains apigenin, a compound that has anti-anxiety effects.†One study found that patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder showed moderate benefits from taking camomile extract capsules when compared to a placebo.

4. Boost the immune system

A small study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that drinking chamomile tea boosts antibacterial compounds in the body. The researchers think this could explain why regular consumption of chamomile seems to fight colds, although more study would be needed to establish a definitive link.

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Other traditional uses for chamomile are treating upset stomach, easing cramps, and as a topically for wounds, eczema and chickenpox. However, its usefulness for these conditions have been studied less.

Main Photo CC BY 3.0†Guido Gerding

article by Margaret Badore

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1:24AM PDT on Oct 25, 2014

Thank you!

2:57PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Sounds interesting, something that could benefit a person if needed.

11:09AM PDT on May 18, 2014

It is also good if your animals have a stomach ache. I pour the tea into the water and my animals feel immediately better. My animals include dogs, cats and rabbits. The rabbits I give as maintenance.

12:23PM PDT on May 15, 2014

Interesting, thank you!

7:21PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Had been drinking Chamomile tea for a long time and recently thought I'd go to green tea and found it was not good for my diet, so will pickup more Chamomile this week.
It did have a soothing before bedtime effect.

4:00PM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Thank you for sharing the information about chamomile's aiding the immune system.

1:11PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

thanks

5:46PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

What about eye pads with chamomile tea to ease puffy eyes and tiredness? Also a pair of drops in the eye refreshes and cleans it.

1:53AM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Thank you :)

9:02AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Love it

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