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Chamomile Tea Benefits and Uses

Updated on April 3, 2014

Chamomile Tea (also known as Camomile or Manzanilla) has been used for centuries as a beauty treatment for skin and hair, and also as a treatment for sore joints, and intestinal inflammation.

It even helps with the cold and flu because of its immune-strengthening properties.

It has been known to help with female gynecological issues such as menstrual cramps.

This little flower has provided so much help with common ailments to so many people, you'll want to go out and get yourself a stash just to have on hand.

Read on to find out exactly how Chamomile begins working for you after just a few mere sips.

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Skin and Hair Beauty Tricks

Staring at a computer screen all day? Use a couple of these wet tea bags to brighten dark under-eye circles.

The teabags can also be used for:

  • Hair Rinse: Use the tea to lighten hair and also to relieve a tender or itchy scalp. This will sooth your scalp and may provide relief from eczema. After conditioning your hair, leave the Chamomile tea in your hair for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse with water.
  • Sunburn: Relief for sunburned skin. Dip a washcloth into a cooled cup of Chamomile tea and pat burned areas. A cool bath with a batch of tea using 5 teabags can also be taken to soothe skin.
  • Swollen Eyes: In addition to using for dark under eye circles, Chamomile's anti-inflammatory property will shrink the swelling.
  • Acne: Because of Chamomile's medicinal anti-bacterial properties, placing a wet teabag on a zit or pimple will help clear it away. If you are prone to a full facial breakout, try saturating an entire washcloth in warm chamomile and using it to steam your face for a minute before bedtime each night.
  • Wounds and Scrapes: Heal them faster by applying a wet tea bag to affected area.
  • Wrinkles: Use a Chamomile salve to help prevent and treat wrinkles. Dry skin turns out to be wrinkly skin, so keep it moisturized!

Anti-Inflammatory

The next time you reach for the ibuprofen, try Chamomile instead. According to an article summarizing a broad number of research studies on the beneficial effects of Chamomile at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/#R12, its the oils in Chamomile that carry anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile Tea contains the oils alpha-bisabolol, alpha-bisabolol oxides A & B, and matricin. The tea has been known to ease inflammation in people who struggle with the following:

  • Abdominal Pain and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Acid Reflux
  • Joint Aches and Swelling
  • Headaches and/or migraines

The tea can be used topically on skin as well as ingested for inflammatory relief.

Here's how to use topically:

1. Prepare the tea: Use one teabag or teaspoon of loose leaf/flowers per cup of hot water. Chamomile flowers like hot water, so stop the kettle just short of boiling.

2. Allow to cool to a warm temperature--don't burn yourself.

3. Dip a washcloth into the tea to dampen.

4. Use the washcloth as a compress on the sore area nightly.


Alternatively, you can make a batch of tea to pour into a warm bath each night. Use about 5 bags of tea per bath. This is recommended if your entire body is inflamed and achy.

Another way to apply chamomile is through the use of a salve. This is often a convenient way to sleep with chamomile applied, since it is not wet.

Be sure to make yourself a cup for sipping as well.

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Fights Colds and Flus

Look to Chamomile Tea to strengthen the entire immune system. Chamomile belongs to the Asteraceae (Compositae) family along with its helpful cousins, Echinacea and detoxifying Dandelion. Prepare yourself several cups the first day you begin feeling as if you are fighting a cold or flu attack. You may find your sickness substantially shortened. Researchers base the claim on hippurate, a product of phenolics, which are seen as anti-bacterial.

A research study listed in Science Daily at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104112140.htm noted that urinary levels of hippurate were higher in their subjects after they consumed five cups of chamomile per day for two weeks.

Soothing Menstrual Cramps

According to an article published in Science Daily at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104112140.htm by the American Chemical Society, the use of Chamomile helped relieve menstrual cramps in women. They noted that the relief was probably due to the increased levels of an amino acid called glycine, which is known to decrease muscle spasms.

Try having several cups each day during menstruation to ease cramps and gastrointestinal bloating.

Healing Chamomile Baths

  • Adults: Prepare tea using 5 tea bags or 5 teaspoons, let cool, and pour into bath
  • Babies: Prepare tea using 1 single tea bag or 1 teaspoon, let cool, and pour into bath

Ahhh, Relaxation

Many people use Chamomile Tea to get a head start on sleep, or to simply relax from a stressful day. The effect is not as strong as a sleeping pill, and can be gentler on the stomach for some people.

It should be noted that Chamomile will probably not knock you flat out into a deep slumber. Rather, it will work on soothing individual ailments that you might have that are causing tension within your body, providing an overall sense of relaxation.

Chamomile For Babies

Chamomile has been reported by moms to work wonders for soothing colicky babies. It may help their digestive systems and may assist in relaxation and sleep each night. Give 1 oz to baby each night or during times of colic. Make sure it is cooled down.

Also try pouring one cup of cool tea into your baby's bathwater in the evening (be sure to cool down beforehand). Prepare the tea with one single bag of tea or one teaspoon of the Chamomile flowers. This may help your baby relax and prepare for sleep.

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Pregnancy Warning

While Chamomile is generally considered for babies, it is not safe for pregnant women, as it may cause uterine contractions, resulting in miscarriage.

Therefore, do not use Chamomile if pregnant.

Side Effects

While Chamomile appears to be the "cure-all", not everyone reacts the same.

Some people may experience the following side effects:

Nausea

Allergy--those allergic to ragweed, echinacea and daisies will most likely be allergic to chamomile, as all are in the Asteraceae (Compositae) family.

Can increase thinning of the blood, if used with a blood thinner.

You should discontinue use of Chamomile if you experience any negative side effects.


Disclaimer:

Please consult a family health care practitioner before taking this or any other herbs. This article should not be used as a substitute for medical care. Always check with your doctor before using herbs and teas.

Interested in finding out the benefits of Green Tea as well? Check this article out: http://sonjalarsen.hubpages.com/hub/Benefits-of-Drinking-Green-Tea-Daily

Thanks for reading. Cheers to good health!

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