Chamomile tea is made from the chamomile plant’s daisy like flowers which contain flavonoids and oils. It is a soothing herb that relaxes and works on a variety of conditions. The plant comes from North America, central Europe and Great Britain.
Chamomile tea is used to relax and relieve stress. Studies show it contains substances that act on the same parts of the brain and nervous system as do anti-anxiety drugs. In this way, it also helps people with insomnia, unwind and fall asleep.
Also related to its ability to relax muscles and its anti-inflammatory actions, Chamomile helps with stomach disorders such as diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn’s disease, plus nausea, heartburn and stress-related flatulence.
It is also very popular in the treatment of menstrual cramps because of its soothing capability. In children, chamomile is used for hyperactivity because it relaxes the child and helps them focus easier.
Chamomile flower can also be used as a lotion and treat minor burns, sunburn, eczema and other types of skin rashes. It can also be used as oil and added to a bath to soak in and relieve the itching that way.
The tea can be used externally as a compress to treat conjunctivitis and irritated eyes. Used as a mouthwash, it can help soothe mouth sores and possibly work to keep gums healthy.
Side Effects and Dosage
Chamomile tea is safe and gentle and appears without long term risk when used at recommended dosages. A rare allergic reaction has been reported. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
The tea should be taken on a regular basis for maximum effect. Each cup of tea contains only a small amount of the plant’s volatile oils, so daily tea drinking is safe.
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