Chamomile in has a long history of use both here and in other parts of the world. Its correlation between sleep and relaxation has made it a highly popular herb. Enjoying a cup of chamomile tea in the evenings helps you find out just why. Let’s take a peek to examine what chamomile is, where you can obtain some, what benefits it provides, potential uses, side effects and some frequently asked questions.
What Is Chamomile?
Chamomile is technically a herb that comes from the daisy family. It belongs to the Asteraceae family of plants. Two species are used for health benefits namely Roman and German chamomile or Chamaemelum nobile (Roman) and Marticaria recutita (German), their proper scientific names. The chamomile is extracted from the flowering part of the plant. Known for its beneficial properties, chamomile has been used for centuries as a standard in herbal remedies. The ingredient that gives chamomile positive health qualities is bisabolol, an oil that the plant naturally creates and which can have many positive anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Where Can I Get Chamomile?
Chamomile comes in a variety of forms. While many people will have the dried leaves as a tea, you can also buy chamomile as dried flower heads, as a liquid extract, as a cream, as an ointment, or as a tincture. Tea bags can be found in most grocery stores and are widely available. Here are a few products readily available online:
First, chamomile is known for helping to treat sleeping disorders. Making its way into numerous ‘sleepy time teas,’ chamomile is great when you are battling with insomnia. In a similar vein to relaxing enough to sleep, chamomile can also help to lesson the extent of panic attacks. Finally, chamomile has been shown to help individuals suffering from anxiety as well.
When applied topically, chamomile can provide relieving power. If you have a skin condition, then chances are that chamomile can help. Psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and even diaper rash are things that can be lessened in their severity with chamomile. Also, if you have scrapes, wounds, or burns, then a chamomile ointment can help recover the skin.
Chamomile tea is also capable of reducing the effects of stomach flue and ulcers. It is also a popular aid for stopping menstrual cramps.
What Can I Use Chamomile For?
For Your Pet
You can use wet chamomile tea bags to help sooth itchiness and irritation in their skin. You can also place the tea bags in their eyes to help reduce redness and swelling they may be experiencing.
Antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties in chamomile make it perfect for reducing stomach flue symptoms and cramping. To get reduce these symptoms, prepare chamomile tea twice a day for as long as you are having the symptoms.
For When You Cannot Sleep
As discussed above, chamomile tea is great as a sleep aid. Prepare a cup 30 minutes prior to sleeping to improve your chances of falling asleep and getting a more restful sleep.
Reducing Dark Circles Around Your Eyes
Did you know that chamomile can help to lighten the skin? For this reason, many people use them to remove the dark shadows from under their eyes. It can also be used to lighten parts of the skin. To do this, dip one chamomile tea bag in warm water for 5 minutes for each eye. Let them cool to room temperature and then place in your eyes for at night as a compress. To lighten larger portions of your skin, either take a bath in water mixed with chamomile or while water with chamomile is boiling, place your face above the steam.
Helping Heal Burns And Scrapes
Chamomile can be quite useful in treating scrapes and burns that you may experience. While ointment can be directly applied, you can also make your own chamomile healing remedy by taking three chamomile tea bags and boiling them. Soak a towel in the water, and then apply the towel to the affected areas of your skin.
Are There Any Chamomile Tea Side Effects?
If you are pregnant then it is generally recommended that you do not consume chamomile tea. According to some sources, it can improve the chance of a miscarriage, especially earlier on in a pregnancy. If you have concerns or questions, please seek advice from your physician regarding whether or not chamomile is right for you.
In addition to avoiding if you are pregnant, be sure to drink chamomile tea in moderation. Excessive consumption, especially if your body is unaccustomed to it, can cause a range of side effects. Due to its ability as a sleep aid, chamomile can sometimes cause drowsiness. Skin reactions and vomiting are not uncommon for a subset of individuals when a large amount of consumed all at once. Also, because chamomile contains coumarin, which is a blood thinner, it is not recommended that you drink chamomile tea if you are already on blood thinners.
Allergic reactions have also been recorded with camomile. If you know you are allergic to pollen related to the Asteraceae family of plants (Echinacea, daisies, sunflowers, dahlias, marigolds+) keep away from chamomile.
Keep in mind chamomile tea can cause relaxation and drowsiness. Any high concentration activities such as driving are not recommended to do during consumption for the possibility of increased risks.
Is chamomile tea good for you?
One of the main questions and rightfully so, we all want to know if something is good for us! In this case yes. Although during pregnancy and medication such as blood thinners chamomile may be bad for you. Understanding chamomile is where you will get the answer and hopefully this article did just that. If you didn’t find this article helpful, please send us a message here:
Best chamomile tea?
Organically grown Roman or German varieties. Some studies suggest Roman offers more superior health benefits but overall either of the two that have been processed with care and grown organically offer the best tea.
How to make chamomile tea?
Most purchased products state exactly how to make them but if your making your own we will soon be adding an article on how to prepare a large variety of teas.
What are the benefits?
Sleep, relaxation, soothing and therapeutic benefits.
I don’t feel the sleep and relaxation effects
It can take your body time to adjust but one major factor to those who don’t feel the effects is caffeine. If you are taking a large amount of caffeine you may not feel any effect or you may but caffeine works in keeping us awake and contradicts chamomile.
Safe during pregnancy?
Hopefully we can answer this question in more detail over time. There isn’t a lot of reliable information out there to prove chamomile is, in fact more information stating you shouldn’t as its relaxation properties can cause miscarriage.
Chamomile has an incredible range of uses. Consumed primarily as a tea, chamomile is not without its side effects. That being said, it may be just what you need in terms of a healthy, herbal remedy to your problem.