Chamomile is also one of the most popular herbs in the world, and we are going to learnwhat it is, what it does and how best to use it. So let’s get started. Number one, what is chamomile?Well, it’s a plant that is native to Western Europe and Northern Africa. You will see it a lot in Eastern and Western Europe, and you hear about it in England etc. ,with the term “chamomile tea. “Now, chamomile tea is not technically a tea. It’s more of an herbal infusion, but we’re really just splitting hairs there. As you can see, it’s been used for 2,000 years. Cultivated in the 16th century, Greek doctors initially used chamomile for fever reduction. But now we know its most popular uses involve your tummy and to help you relax. We’ll talk more about that in a moment.
There are a few types of chamomile, Roman and German in particular. German is the most widely available for medicinal uses, although we hear a lot about Roman chamomilein essential oil form, and there’s also English chamomile. But German chamomile is the most popular in use today.
Now, what are the benefits of chamomile?
They are far beyond what you remember from your mom or grandma, I can tell you, really,really powerful. Check this out. Chamomile, and its flowers, is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from free radical damage, advanced aging symptoms, antioxidantscan cause all kinds of stuff. So think about antioxidants as Space Invaders, and chamomile helps to destroy them. Number two, anxiety and depression. This is probably the second most popular traditional use for chamomile. Chamomile helps you relax, chill out, get a load off, so really, really good for that. Chamomile is traditionally used for so many things, but that’s at the top. Also, digestion.
Chamomile and Peppermint
Chamomile and peppermint are often used together and they provide some of the same benefits. Number four, pain and inflammation reduction. Chamomile is great to soothe the body. Number five, chamomile may even help fight cancer. In vitro studies show that chamomile has compounds, particularly antioxidants, that fight the growth of unhealthy cells. Relieves congestion, so chamomile can also be used for upper-respiratory health.
So many benefits from this tiny, little flower. Promotes skin health, chamomile can be used internally and externally to provide beautifulskin. And, last but not least, healthy teeth and gums. You might not realize that the health of your mouth is very related to the health of yourentire body. Chamomile is great for oral health, as is peppermint, which we talked about earlier.
There are so many people out there that walk by this seemingly innocuous flower every day,or they see chamomile products on the shelves of their health food store and simply don’tknow what to do with it. Look at all these amazing benefits. Chamomile is amazing to use on a regular basis. But how can you use chamomile? First and foremost, as a tea or herbal infusion. You can take fresh or dried leaves and pour boiling water over it, let it steep. There’s also chamomile tea bags all over the place in different formulations, add a little bit of honey, maybe a little lemon juice.
Chamomile is very soothing. Number two, essential oil. Chamomile essential oil, German or Roman, is very powerful. It’s also very rare, if you can find it, make sure to grab some. It is great to use topically, it’s great to diffuse, and you can even consume it in smallamounts orally. Inhale it with steam extract, which you can see in this picture. So just put a bowl of hot or boiling water, put a few drops of chamomile and inhale. You can also add chamomile essential oil to your bath. Look for organic chamomile essential oil for the highest quality. Edible flowers, you can eat chamomile. Add it to your salad, or you can use it cooked, etc. But chamomile is powerful pretty much any way you consume it. And last but not least, due to its oral health benefits, chamomile can be gargled and it can help with oral inflammation, gingivitis, etc., give you some healthy gums. As good chamomile is, there are some precautions.
So if you’ve got ragweed or grass allergies in general, you should be cautious about usingchamomile. So you want to do a skin patch test before using. Try a little bit on your skin, if you see bumps or what would resemble hives, probablynot best to use chamomile on a regular basis. Also, if you deal with skin issues in general, you may want to avoid chamomile as they couldexacerbate the symptoms. And you want to avoid chamomile during pregnancy as it is a uterine stimulant.
Why should you use chamomile in its tea form, essential oil form, or eat the flowers? Because it is surging with antioxidants, fights anxiety and depression, powerful digestionimprover, reduction in pain and inflammation. Wow, I see lots of people needing this already. May help fight cancer, should be used as part of an immune-boosting program, relieves congestion,promotes skin health, and is even good for the health of your teeth and gums. Folks, chamomile has been used a long time, and sometimes, we take for granted these powerfulherbs that I believe God has given us to help bring healing to our bodies.