Chamomile, Relaxing, Calming & Soothing – My Favourite Herbal Tea (2021)
What Is Chamomile?
Chamomile is the common name for a group of plants from the Asteraceae family. It is a tall, daisy like plant with long white petals and a bulbous yellow centre, filled with essential oils. The chamomile plant is native to Western Europe and Northern Africa, however it has become so widespread that it can grow pretty much anywhere under the right conditions. There are two common types of chamomile used today: German chamomile (chamomillarecutita) and Roman chamomile (chamaemelumnobile).
What Are The Medicinal Qualities & Benefits?
This plant is widely considered to be one of the most ancient and versatile medicinal herbs known to mankind, dried chamomile flowers have widespread positive health implications and have high levels of disease-fighting antioxidants like terpenoids and flavonoids. Chamomile has been used for nearly 5,000 years in tea’s and herbal extracts to promote tranquillity, boost moods and providing relief from anxiety and depression, among many other things.
Throughout the years this plant has been worshipped (literally) for its medicinal properties. The Germans have used Chamomile to aid digestive issues since at least the first century and the ancient Egyptians actually worshipped this plant, holding festivals and religious ceremonies in its name. Rich and important Egyptian noblemen used to crush the flowers and apply them to their skin for its anti aging properties.
The Romans used chamomile to fight disease and promote longevity. Doctors throughout Europe and America included chamomile in their medicinal bags because of its pain reliving qualities, inflammation relieving qualities and digestive system aid. Many people have also used Chamomiles floral scent to apply to the body to act as a natural deodorant.
Today, it can be bought in many different forms from tea bags to skin care products, because of its wide availability it can also be rather easily foraged from most places in the UK. One cup of chamomile tea has just two calories making it one of the healthiest herbal teas available. Chamomile is commonly used for aiding health conditions such as:
- Anxiety and Depression – In extract form, chamomile is a mild sedative used to calm nerves and reduce anxiety because its vapours travel directly to the olfactory part of the brain, turning off tension and reducing the body’s stress response. This is why people use chamomile to effectively relieve symptoms of chronic anxiety and stress, including hysteria, nightmares, insomnia and various digestive problems.
- Pain relief – Chamomile is sometimes called an “herbal aspirin” since it’s been a popular home remedy for lowering pain for centuries.
- Inflammatory Conditions – They’re effective at reducing facial swelling, skin irritations, toothaches, pain from infections and underlying issues of inflammation.
- Menstrual Pain – It is commonly known that Chamomile can sooth aches caused by menstrual pain, leaving your body and mind feeing relaxed and at ease.
- Insomnia And Sleeping Disorders – Because of the plants soothing and calming properties, it is often considered one of the best herbal teas to aid a healthy and comfortable nights sleep.
- Skin Disorders – Flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the skin surface into the deeper skin layers of the skin, preserving its youthful appearance, completion and immune defences.
- May Improve Heart Health – Because of its high level of flavonoids, chamomile consumed in foods is linked with a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease in elderly men.
- Relieves congestion – Because chamomile benefits include both fighting infections and reducing mucus congestion, it’s added to many nasal sprays.
- Improves Digestion – Chamomile can be used to treat various gastrointestinal disturbances, including gas, acid reflux symptoms, indigestion, diarrhoea, anorexia, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting.
- A Great Source Of Antioxidants – Extracted from chamomile flowers are the terpenoid group of antioxidants, including chamazulene and acetylene derivatives.
Where Can I Get Some?
I use this wonderful plant every single day, usually in tea form. There are a few lower quality products out there so watch out! Here are a few of my favourites: