Chamomile is not just a pretty flower; it has several health benefits and can treat ailments such as IBS and Migraines. It can be bought as dried flowers, tea bags, liquid extracts, essential oils or in creams. It can be made into delicious teas or can be made into oil to be applied topically. One of the great things about Chamomile is that unless taken in extremely large qualities, it has no side effects. Here is a break down of some of the plant’s top medicinal properties.
Chamomile has been found to be effective in treating stomach or intestinal cramps due to its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic values. By drinking a cup of Chamomile tea, once in the morning and once in the evening whilst symptoms are being experienced, the pain should go down. It can also help with the symptoms of IBS because it helps relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestines and can assist with nausea, gastroenteritis or even stomach flu.
Insomnia and Problems Sleeping
The flower is often associated with relaxation and it is thought that by drinking Chamomile tea you will be instilled with a calm feeling. Those that have trouble sleeping should drink the tea about half an hour before going to bed to help you sleep.
PMS or Period Pain
It is thought that drinking Chamomile tea can help ease the symptoms of PMS and Menstrual Cramps. This it because it helps to relieve muscle spasms and reduce tension. With many of these conditions expensive to cover with private medical insurance it’s good to look for a natural remedy. The tea also helps to combat mood swims and the anxiety or irritability that can be experienced during PMS.
Addiction / Stopping Smoking
The tea has even been found to help with addiction. Alcoholics or people trying to stop smoking can try chewing on the dried Chamomile flower buds to help get rid of their cravings.
Rather than popping painkillers, give Chamomile tea a try as a cure for migraine headaches. If you drink a cup of the tea when you start feeling a migraine coming on it can help reduce the pain. It is best to drink the tea before symptoms get too severe.
Burns, Keloids and Scrapes
By rubbing a small amount of Chamomile oil across a burned area of skin once a day, it can help treat bad burns and scrapes. You can also make a very concentrated batch of Chamomile tea with about 2-3 tea bags to one cup of boiling water. Once the solution has cooled you can create a compress by dipping in cotton pads and placing them onto the wounded area.
Drinking the tea can even help give relief from toothache, the sufferer could also put Chamomile Tea clove in the centre point of the pain to reduce any discomfort.
Aswell as making you feel great, Chamomile can also help you look great too, here are a number of alternative uses for the plant to enhance your beauty…naturally!
The tea can be used to as a hair tonic, it eliminates any residue whilst restoring shine. It is great for blonde hair as, when it is combined with a little bit of lemon juice, can brighten the shade of blonde your hair is when you use it as a rinse. This can be used as an alternative to dyeing your hair using bleach, which can save the condition of your hair.
If you mix your Chamomile tea with a little olive oil you can create a treatment for your hair which will get rid of any dryness, it’s a cheap and simple way to smooth, silky locks.
Chamomile tea can help reduce dark circles under your eyes. If you soak two tea bags in warm water for five minutes and then let them cool to room temperature you can use them as a compress on your eyes at night.