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Chamomile Tea, relaxing and delicious
History of Chamomile tea
Chamomile is actually the Greek word for "Kamai melon" or "ground apple" due to it's apple like smell and taste. It is a herb that can be traced back as far as Anicent Egyptian times. The Egyptians would offer this herb to their sun God Ra as an offering but it was also used to embalm the dead and help those who were ill.
The Romans would also enjoy this beverage and even use it as an incense. Further to this I mentioned it came from a Greek word. The ancient Greeks used to use chamomile for curative purposes also such as colic, sunstroke and fever. In later years it also treated insomnia, nervousness and back pain.
So what are the benefits?
Here are some of the benefits of drinking chamomile tea. Besides it being a caffeine free beverage it also has many otehr qualities such as:
Helps you sleep: The number one thing that people associate with chamolie tea is that it helps you sleep. It will relax and soothe you and is best to drink right before bed time.
Soothes the stomach: If you have a stomach cramps it will help calm them down. It is also good for people with irritable bowel syndrome and assist with digestion.
Fights colds: Chamomile can help fight against colds as it is an effective immune booster and has antibacterial properties.
Heals wounds: Would you believe it speeds up the healing of wounds? Ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks would make poultice and put it over the wound to make it heal faster.
Headache remedy: Have a cup of chamomile tea when you start feeling the headache or migrane come about and it should go away.
Reduce those panda eyes: if you have eye fatigue or get really dark circles around your eyes, they say to put 2 chamomile tea bags in warm water. After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags from the water and let them cool to room temperature. Then place them on your eyes at night as a compress.
The important side effects!
Chamomile tea should not be consumed if you have an allergy to flowers in the same family such as daisy, chrysanthemum and marigold. Also isn't good for people with hayfever or asthma.
Pregnant and breast feeding women should also avoid comsuming the tea as it contains a substance that increases the risk of a miscarriage.
People that are on a blood thinning medication should also avoid chamomile as it contains a substance coumarin which is also a blood thinner.
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