Considered to be one of the most ancient and versatile medicinal herbs known to mankind, dried chamomile flowers have numerous, widespread health implications thanks to their high level of disease-fighting antioxidants. Chamomile flowers are mildly sedative, making them wonderful for improving sleep quality and relaxation.
BENEFITS OF CHAMOMILE
- Promotes sleep and treats insomnia: Chamomile relaxes nerves and soothes the nervous system, therefore helping you sleep better.
- Boosts immunity: It fights harmful bacteria and has the ability to boost your immune system.
- Reduces muscle spasms: Great for menstrual cramps as it relaxes the uterus and decreases the production of prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that cause inflammation and pain.
- Soothes stomach aches: Chamomile tea has been valued as a digestive relaxant and has been used to treat various gastrointestinal disturbances including indigestion, diarrhea, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting.
- Treats cuts, wounds and skin conditions: Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It heals skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. I use chamomile in my soothing salve, which healed my dads psoriasis on his hands.
- Reduces acne: Due to it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, chamomile helps fade spots, eliminate acne scars and fight breakouts, if used topically.
- Anti-Aging: Chamomile tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants and protects the skin from free-radical damage. It accelerates cell and tissue regeneration, helps tighten the pores and slows down the ageing process.
- Treats sunburn: Chamomile tea is known for its antioxidant, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. You can brew the tea, chill it thoroughly, soak a towel in it and then apply to the sunburned area.
- Eliminates dandruff: Chamomile tea helps eliminate and prevent dandruff, soothe scalp irritation and promote healthy hair. You can use it as a final rinse after washing your hair.
WAYS TO USE CHAMOMILE
- As an herbal tea before bedtime to help improve relaxation and sleep
- As a tincture (internally or externally) for muscle pain or for teething children (on the gums)
- As a tincture for children who have trouble sleeping or who are emotionally upset
- As a strong brewed tea in the hair to naturally lighten blonde tones
- To help relax during emotional or physical distress
- Internally and externally for headache relief