Chamomile: Benefits, Using Tips and Side Effects
With the increasing interest of people in alternative therapies, many allied healing therapies have gained popularity. The media has supported some with bouquets while the others have received brickbats. Aromatherapy is one therapy which is getting much positive publicity through the media. Many people are accepting it and the number of practitioners is increasing rapidly day by day. With the increasing popularity of aromatherapy, the essential oil business is also advancing by leaps and bounds. Among the entire essential oils chamomile is one of the most sought by everyone. Its sweet smell enchants everyone and provides a soothing effect to tired muscles.
Chamomile or camomile name for various related plants of the family Asteraceae, especially the perennial Anthemis nobilis, the English, or Roman, Chamomile, and the annual Matricaria chamomilla, the German, or wild Chamomile. Both are European herbs with very similar uses. The former has an apple like aroma and is the Chamomile most frequently grown for ornament and for Chamomile tea, made from the dried flower heads, which contain a volatile oil. The oil from the similar flowers of the wild Chamomile was most widely used medicinally, particularly as a tonic; today its chief use is as a hair rinse. Chamomile has been classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
The very best quality Camomile comes from the Nile Delta in Egypt. Camomile does make a pleasant aromatic tea with a fruity flavor, enhanced by sugar or honey. It is often sipped for relief of health problems ranging from toothache to even nervousness. Camomile has also been noted to be beneficial for soothing headaches and is a natural relaxing herb well known to assist the restless and those suffering from insomnia. In many circles Camomile is called as the nighty night tea or sleepy tea on account of its natural properties, which promote restfulness and drowsiness. It is also well known to assist digestive disorders by settling the stomach and calming the nerves. The plant's botanical name is Matricaria, derived from the Latin term for womb because it was once used as an herb to treat female troubles. Camomile is also derived from ancient Greek and translates as "Ground Apple" in reference to the fruity aroma.
Like many of the teas and herbs camomile should be consumed without the addition of milk but this does not preclude additives such as honey, lime, lemon, cinnamon etc. One of the funny things to do with a widely used consumer herb like camomile is to make your own blend. If we try camomile with peppermint that we can call it Camomint Soothing Camomile provides the 'sleepy' portion of your blend and the peppermint provides the soothing part. Five cups a day for a fortnight is enough to boost urine levels of substances that can ease your muscle spasms and fight inflammation. Adding a few drops of Chamomile oil to your bath tub would relieve you of the entire days stress. If you add it for your morning bath then expect to be cheerful and energetic for the whole day. Using a chamomile scented room freshener will add up a great ambience to your house. It effectively helps you to strengthen your hair and solves many hair problems.
Chamomile is a stimulant, bitter, tonic, aromatic, anodyne, antispasmodic, and stomachic. It is generally used externally to spur wound healing and treat inflammation, and internally for fever, digestive upsets, anxiety, and insomnia. It is used as a fragrance in the herbal skin care products. It had also been used in shampoos because of its property of adding luster to the hair.
Clinical studies have shown clearly that Chamomile has mild sedative effects when administered as a tea. Animal studies have shown very clearly that Chamomile volatile oil when administered orally to the rabbits with impaired kidney function normalized the uremic condition. This shows that Chamomile may prove to be useful in the treatment of impaired kidney functions. The flavonoid apigenin had been shown to have antihistaminic effects in animal studies. Chamomile was also shown to be useful in reducing inflammation in arthritis. It also relaxed the smooth muscles of the intestine. Always keep a bottle of chamomile oil handy for curing minor day to day health problems naturally.
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