Chamomile is an aromatic, daisy-like, herb from European region. Scientifically known as Matricaria recutita L., the history has shown the plant being used for medicinal purposes to cure and control various ailments - mostly to lessen inflammations and for sedation.
Uses of Chamomile
The most common use of chamomile is for the following ailments.
- Anxiety control
- Stomach disorders
- Muscles spasm
- Sleep disorders
- Respiratory discomforts
- Nausea and vomiting
Different Ways to Use Chamomile
For Topical uses
On skin surface to lessen inflammation and healing wounds. Its is also used for beauty purposes.
For internal uses
- Dried herb/tea
- Infusion with various teas
How much Chamomile you should take?
There is no specific measurement on how much should be taken. It differs as per what you are using it for. The most common uses are
- For tea - 2 tbsp of dried chamomile in 8 ounce of water and steep for 5 min - helps cure stomach problems, anxiety control, sleep disorders and mouth/gum related problems.
- 2-3 capsule or tincture of chamomile for muscle relaxation.
- For treating insomnia 1 capsule or tincture of chamomile
- 1 tbsp of liquid extract in 1/4 warm water for treating acne, sunburns. Twice a day. Other readymade chamomile products such as oil, lotion, cream can also be used.
For overall oral usage, 9 - 15 grams per day is recommended.
Among all the uses, the very popular and common one is the use of it as the herbal tea itself - Chamomile Tea or infused with various other teas.
The tea made from chamomile (fresh or dried) is generally known as chamomile tea. The flower of chamomile is also used with various other teas as infusion.
Uses of Chamomile Tea
Similar to the use of chamomile alone, the tea is used for treating various health and beauty related problems.
Health Uses of Chamomile Tea
The flavonoids in the tea have sedative effect that helps calm down the blood vessels and helps you relax. Taking 2 cups everyday lowers and controls anxiety attacks and GAD (General Anxiety Disorder).
For more: Chamomile tea for anxiety control
The same flavonoid that helps control anxiety also promotes better sleep. Compounds other than flavonoids in the tea binds BDZ and GABA receptors in brain to produce sedative effect and control insomnia.
Generally 1-4 cups per day is recommended by the user of chamomile tea.
For More: Sleep better with Chamomile Tea
Helps to Lose weight
There is no proven researches on chamomile tea helping with weight loss directly. However the possible reasons are - stress reliever, better sleep, anti-inflamatory and antioxidants, may help control weight and even lose some.
For more: Does Chamomile tea help you lose weight?
Eases stomach disorders
The tea contains anti-microbial and anti-spasmodic properties which helps relax the stomach muscles and eliminate germs and bacteria causing disorder. Other than this, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-irritant property of chamomile tea helps reducing the ailment.
For more: Chamomile tea for stomach
Cures muscles spasm and menstrual cramps
Chamomile tea increase glycine, levels in the body. The compound helps relax the muscles relieving from muscle spasm and mentrual cramps. Along with this anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic property of the tea helps reduce the discomfort.
The flavonoids and other similar compounds in the tea binds BDZ and GABA receptors in brain to produce sedative effect. This soothes and calms the nerves in the body, controlling hemorrhoids.
Helps heal wound quickly
Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effect of chamomile tea cleans the wound. This helps the wound heal faster and also lessens the chances of infection.
A study on effect of chamomile on wound healing conducted over 14 people who wanted their tattoos removed using dermabrasion(a process of removing rough upper edge of skin using a wire brush or a diamond wheel) showed that the use of chamomile speeded up epithelialization - a process of forming barrier between wound and the environment,
Beauty Uses of Chamomile Tea
Reduces Dark circles and puffy eyes
A potent compound, bisabolol, azulene and flavonoids in the tea helps reduces dark circles and puffy eyes. These compounds act as anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatants which reaches deeper into the skin and help eliminate the problem when topically applied.
Use chamomile tea bags over your eyes to reduce the problem. For more: Chamomile tea bags for eyes
Chamomile tea can be consumed or used topically to moisturize the skin.
For topical use chamomile tea bags or the even loose chamomile tea leaves can be used. Applying the tea topically helps skin hydrate and traps moisture deep into the skin by filling in the gaps on the skin through which water evaporates. it also helps skin soften, making it more flexible.
For consumption,various recopies can be found. Consuming the tea helps increase water content in the skin, keeping it moist and hydrated.
The tea helps remove clog from the skin pores clearing up the skin. The flavonoids present in the tea acts as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant component that removes dead skin cells, dirt and pollutants from the skin surface.
Dandruff control and hair growth
Chamomile tea helps sooth irritated scalp reducing dandruff problem. The antiseptic element found in the tea removes dead cells and dirt from ths scalp, promoting hair growth For more information: Chamomile tea for hair
Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties of the tea helps sooth skin and remove dirt and dead cells from skin surface. This controls the formation of acne. More over the anti-bacterial and anti-mirobial elements found in the tea eliminate acne causing bacteria and germs on the skin surface.
Anti-inflammatory property of the tea helps lessen the inflammation and soothes the skin surface. For this, a used but cool tea bag of chamomile can be used over the burned skin. The tannis in chamomile tea helps in speed recovery from the burn.
Helps lighten skin tone
The same compounds - bisabolol, azulene and flavonoids, that lessens dark circles and puffy eyes are responsible for bleaching and lightening the skin tone. These compounds tightens the skin pores and soften the skin surface. Consistent use of the tea over a period of few weeks helps blur acne scars and spots.
For more skin related benefits of chamomile tea: Chamomile and chamomile tea benefits for skin