Chamomile (Maticaria Recutita)

ChamomileChamomile (Maticaria Recutita) is definitely one of the most common medicinal herbs. Chamomile is an annual herbaceous plant which comes from south-east Europe. For ages it’s been used for a variety of its health benefits and curative powers. It is available in all markets and herbal shops in the forms of tea, capsules, pills, ointment, liquid extracts and even essential oil. Dried chamomile flowers are used for preparing teas, infusions and decoctions and other type of remedies, which are used both internally and externally.

Health benefits of chamomile are derived from its rich natural content of phytonutrients. It includes a wide variety of minerals (copper, potassium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, lead and others), vitamin C, vitamin B1, acids, lipids, flavonoids and many others. The plant is also used for essential oil production. It is known for its powerful “anti” properties, like anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-allergic, anti-toxic and so on. Externally, it can be used for its emollient, decongestive and cicatrizant properties, and if used internally, chamomile provides us with calming, relaxant, tonic, analgesic and other actions.

The main health benefits of chamomile include the following:

•    Anti-inflammation properties of chamomile help to treat any type of body inflammations, including inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal ailments, eye inflammation, skin inflammation, throat infections, mouth ulcers, gingivitis and so on.
•    Health Benefits of ChamomileChamomile is a very powerful sedative, that’s why it can be used to calm down negative effects of stresses, nervous tension and anxiety, easing anger, fears and worries, and so on.
•    Excellent muscle relaxant properties are among the most common health benefits of chamomile. Chamomile tea or supplements can be used to ease muscular pains, tensed muscles, menstrual cramps and other related ailments.
•    Anti-allergic properties of chamomile can be used to prevent and relieve the symptoms of various allergies.
•    Muscle relaxant properties of chamomile can be used to combat insomnia and restlessness. Drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to sleep, and you’ll have a nice and restful sleep.
•    Chamomile is rich in essential oils which can assist in treating skin problems: insect bites, wounds, cuts, acne, skin irritations, itchiness, blisters, dermatitis, and so on.
•    Chamomile tea is a safe and effective solution for pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness.
•    Chamomile can be used to treat such ailments and diseases as hemorrhoids, asthma, colitis, Crohn’s disease, bloating, and many others.
•    Chamomile oil can be used in aromatherapy in conjunction with other oils to provide excellent relaxing effects.

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