Have you ever heard about chamomile tea? Maybe your grandmother or grandfather used to drink it before sleep? Or somebody advice you to drink it when you experienced stomach ache? Do you want to know more about it? What kind of special herb it is? Why it is so popular? How to use? Where you can find it? If you want to know the answer for these questions, please have a look on this brief overview about chamomile and its all known health benefits.
What Is Chamomile?
Generally chamomile (named also chamomile, Matricaria recutita and Matricaria chamomilla) is the universal name for a daisy-like plant from the family of Asteraceae. It is commonly used to prepare tasty herb infusion that can be helpful for several medical troubles. The word ‘chamomile’ derives from Greek and it means ‘ground apple’. For many years chamomile flowers, both the fresh and dried, have been used to prepare tea which was a natural treatments in various health problems. The active compound in a chamomile is known as bisabolol.
It has been found in an essential oil of chamomile and is responsible for its health benefits. Bisabolol has anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial features. Chamomile tea is known also for its antistress and calming properties. There are many types of chamomile herb, but only two of them can be used to produce infusions, it is a German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
How To Prepare Chamomile Tea At Home
It is easy to make proper chamomile tea at your home, but you need to know few rules to make it as good as possible. Are you ready?
- Heat up right amount of water
- Measure 2 tablespoon of dried chamomile blooms or 4 tablespoons of crisp blossoms, you can add more if you wish than your tea will be stronger.
- Add very hot but not boiling water, 5 minutes infusion should be enough to obtain proper chamomile infusion.
- Enjoy your tea!
Health Benefits Of Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea can be used in a various way depending on a situation and a health problem. Tea can be simply drunk or herbal solution can be used on a top of your skin as a compress or direct medication. It is also available as a liquid extracts or alcohol based tinctures, you can find it in a creams or ointments.
Below you can find some of the most popular medical benefits of chamomile tea.
Stomach cramps treatment
When you experience stomach and intestinal cramps, drinking of a chamomile tea is always a good option. Herbal infusion from chamomile is called ‘a digestive relaxant’. This is because Chamomile contains strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory ingredients. So it is very effective in attending any stomach and intestinal cramps.
If you have such problems you should drink chamomile tea regularly, the best effect can be obtained while drinking this herbal infusion twice a day, one cup first thing in the morning, second one in the evening, just before sleep. Continue chamomile tea`s therapy until symptoms will pass away.
It is important to note that chamomile tea and its antispasmodic effect is also effective while treating colic in babies.
If you ever suffer insomnia you know for sure how hard to bear it is. You probably were searching for a different method to overcome sleepless night and promote sleep. Chamomile tea treatment can help you a lot. It has been shown in few studies that chamomile tea is working as a gentle tranquilizer, help to calm down the nervous system and relax so you could sleep better.
This easy solution can be found at your home so if insomnia is your real problem, do not hesitate to prepare chamomile tea and drink it quite often during the day. Three or four glasses of tea per day should give good therapeutic effect. If that will not work you can also drink one chamomile tea 30 to 45 minutes before going to bed. If you like you can try it out also in a sweet version, together with honey or brown sugar. Remember that chamomile tea has been used as a remedy for sleepless for centuries.
If you have a sleep problem because you experience too much stress in your life, you could try to calm down and relax before night using aromatherapy. German chamomile oil can be used as a diffuser for aromatherapy also together with other essential oils like rose or lavender. All that together can help you to relax before every night.
Chamomile is a great remedy for migraine headaches. If you feel that migraine attack is coming take a cup of chamomile tea just before symptoms will manage to appear. You need to be fast, as it will work the best before the real severe headache will start. One cup of chamomile tea will not be enough while you have migraine attack. You need to drink even 4 or 5 cups of tea during a day.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) treatment
Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common disorder. That can be very unpleasant. Chamomile can reduce cramps and unspecific pain in the bowels; it can help to remove excess of gas as well. Chamomile tea can help you by tone down and relax the muscles and lining of your intestines. It is a wonderful remedy for a poor digestion and irritable bowel syndrome. When you suffer IBS you should try the simple way to overcome your problems by drinking a cup of chamomile tea.