The health benefits of chamomile include safe, soothing stress relief. Although it is possible to have an allergic reaction to chamomile, it is usually considered safe enough for even the elderly and young children.
are two kinds of chamomile, Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobilis) and
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Their actions are quite
similar. The German Chamomile is usually used in the United States.
It is tastier and more effective for soothing digestion.
That's quite a lot of relief from one simple herb!
The health benefits of chamomile seem to come from its unique assortment of natural plant oils including azulene, chamazulene, pro azulenes, bisabolol, farnesine, pinene, anthermal, spiroether, angelic acid and a number of various sesquiterpenes.
The beneficial phyto nutrients in chamomile include flavones, glycosides, bitter glycosides, valerianic acids, tannins, salicylic acid and coumarin derivatives.
Chamomile can be used as capsules and tincture. Most often it is probably used as a simple tea.
The tea can be used as a relaxing foot bath. It can also be used as a mouth wash for sores in the mouth, or as a gargle to soothe a sore throat. I have also seen it used as a hair rinse to bring out golden highlights.
Chamomile is a common herb which is widely available. The health benefits of chamomile can be obtained by purchasing this inexpensive herb in most health food stores. It grows freely in many gardens. In fact the Victorians used to create a whole lawn of chamomile blossoms which were very soothing to relax on. (If you decide to try this, be sure to border your lawn with bricks or stones which will inhibit invasion of weeds and other grasses.)
This page is not intended to be medical advice. It is always wise to consult with a trained health care professional for appropriate recommendations for your situation.
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