Camomile Tea in History
Its medicinal use dates back to the times of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, who would prepare it in the form of an infusion, hence the name “tea”, although it does not contain the camellia sinensis tea leaves. For this reason Camomile as a beverage is also referred to as a tisane, in the same ranks as rooibos and yerba mate.
We have put together a number of ways in which this plant was used by the ancients to treat various diseases and illnesses such as ulcers, irritation, wounds, burns, eczema, gout, bruising, mouth ulcers, canker sores, rheumatism, neuralgia, hemorrhoids and more.
As one can imagine, at the time, one could not get the conveniently packaged Camomile tea bags at the supermarket. The infusion then was made with fresh Camomile flowers. The benefits listed in the current article apply to fresh, loose Camomile flowers not so to the classic tea packed in the tea bags available at your local supermarket, since they are nowhere as fresh, have gone through intense processing and may contain chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals.
Some studies have shown that drinking Camomile infusion with meals contributes to the prevention of the progress of diabetic complications and hyperglycaemia.
Camomile and Infections
Given its antibacterial properties, it can help in the prevention and treatment of colds and protection against diseases and infection caused by bacteria. Camomile flowers and leaves have been shown to increase hippurate levels in urine. Hippurate is a result of the decomposition of phenolic antioxidant compounds, which are in some cases related to antibacterial activity. This could be why it has long been associated with improving the immune system and the ability to help fight infections.
Camomile and Oral Health
Given its antibacterial properties, Camomile can also be used as a mouthwash or gargle to relieve mouth and gum infections.
Camomile and Women
A study showed increased levels of glycine in urine after drinking Camomile tea. Glycine is a compound that calms muscle spasms. Scientists believe this is why Camomile tea may provide an effective relief for menstrual cramps as well.
Camomile and Men’s Health
Camomile contains an anticoagulant compound called coumarin, known for its proven blood-thinning properties. For this reason, Camomile can be considered to help male libido and in certain cases, act as an aphrodisiac.
Camomile and Inflammation
A compound called Bisabolol found in Camomile has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Studies showed a reduced inflammation, fever and induced arthritis in test subjects. Apigenin also demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties
Camomile and Digestion
Camomile is an exceptional drink to help soothe a stomach ache. While it helps soothe the intestines, Camomile can promote better digestion, even those who suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). The extracts of Camomile flowers reduce the secretion of gastric acid, which can help fix an aching stomach.
In addition, Camomile has been assessed as a digestive relaxant and has been used to treat various gastrointestinal disorders including flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, anorexia, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting.
In recent studies, Camomile flowers were found to inhibit stomach ulcers caused by stresses like alcohol. Furthermore, the time for healing ulcers induced by heat or chemical stress were also reduced.
Camomile and Wounds
Cuts and wounds – Camomile tea was used by the ancients to treat wounds, eczema, ulcers, bruises, skin irritations, cuts and burns to speed healing.
Camomile and Insomnia
Promotes sleep – drinking Camomile tea calms the nervous system, so that you can sleep better. It has been used as a solution for insomnia for centuries, as Camomile contains glycine, which is a natural tranquilizer. Back to top
Camomile and Hemorrhoids
Applied locally, a Camomile ointment can help relieve hemorrhoids.
Camomile Tea and Cancer
With its powerful antioxidant properties, Camomile tea is very likely to help reduce cancerous cells, although researchers are still studying how exactly Camomile reverses abnormal cell growth. Among the flavonoids found in Camomile, apigenin is the most promising in terms of pharmaceutical benefits.
Camomile Tea and the Gastrointestinal Tract
Camomile has also been shown to be help in preventing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, a common side effect of cancer treatment.
Camomile Tea and Skin
With its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, Camomile helps to take care of skin irritations such as eczema, acne, and allergies. Camomile is especially good for sensitive skin and helps heal scratches and treat wounds, where it has been shown to promote faster healing than corticosteroids. It may also be useful in the treatment of eczema where it was found to be as effective as hydrocortisone.
Camomile Tea and Candida Albicans
Several flavonoids in Camomile have anti-fungal properties, including against Candida albicans.
Camomile Tea and Drugs
The Camomile plant has no known adverse effect (except in case of allergies). It does not interfere with drugs and may be used safely with children.
If you have already tried a Camomile tea made with fresh loose flowers, you already know it tastes delicious, with its floral notes reminiscent of honey and apples.
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