Camomile – Inevitable Natural Remedy

Camomile – Inevitable Natural Remedy



 
Is there anything we do not know about camomile? Certainly, we all have drunk camomile tea, but usually because we are used to its mild taste and relaxing fragrance.

For centuries, camomile has been used as a remedy for sleeping disorders and headaches, but there is much more to this plant that we know of.

Let us see what this widely spread plant can do for us and how nature can answer to some of our health problems and conditions.

 

Camomile Plant

camomile plant

This plant comes from Asteraceae family, and such as several other daisy-like plants, this plant is famous for its ability to help with sleeping disorders and insomnia. The name itself is derived from Greek name chamaimelon, which means “earth apple.” Although all of us are familiar with its white flowers and specific fragrance, in fact several species are all considered camomile.

The most commonly used species are German camomile (wild camomile) and Roman camomile (garden camomile).

 

How Can Camomile Help Us?

This plant has antigenotoxic, anti-inflammatory, anti-hyperglycemic, antispasmodic, antipyretic and anticancer properties. There are certain compounds in camomile that demonstrated the ability to bind GABA receptors, and the ability to modulate neurotransmitters. Due to the compound called anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), camomile is used for stress treatments.

The daisy like flowers contains volatile oils and flavonoids (in particular a compound called apinegin).

 

Skin Treatment With Camomile

Skin Treatment with Camomile

It is not rare to use camomile in cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. Due to its characteristics, camomile has the ability to light a skin tone, and to calm down redness, itches and blushes. Given the fact that camomile can modulate neurotransmitters, it has a calming effect on the skin as well. One can use camomile tea bags, or dried camomile as a cosmetic treatment.

Once you boil the camomile, simply put your face above the steaming pot of the camomile tea. You can also bath in water mixed with camomile tea.

 

Camomile For Burns And Scars

Scars and burns are sometimes hard to treat with regular cosmetic products, thus, camomile is perfect remedy for their removal. Camomile oil, especially homemade, is lucrative for burns due to its ability to renew the cells. You can use the oil once a day by rubbing it across the burned area. Another possibly solution is to make a camomile tea, dip a cloth into it, and compress it on the wounded area.

 

Camomile For Migraines

Camomile tea has extraordinary abilities to remove the symptoms of migraines.  A cup of tea, before you notice the symptoms, is a natural remedy. Drinking camomile tea even if one does not experience headaches, is also good for removing any possibilities of the symptoms.

 

Camomile For Stomach Cramps

Due to its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, camomile tea is considered a remedy for stomach cramps. Although the causes of the stomach cramps are various, the tea has the ability to ease the pain. Drink camomile tea twice a day, in the morning and at night, and all of the symptoms will be removed.

 

Camomile For Menstrual Cramps

Camomile for Menstrual Cramps

Camomile can be used to stop menstrual cramps in several ways; by drinking camomile tea, taking a bath in water mixed with camomile and the herbal massage with camomile. Camomile relaxes the muscles, in particular the muscle that lines the wall of uterus.

 

Camomile For Insomnia

Insomnia is a common medical condition that can cause serious mood changes, lack of concentration, and memory loss. Prepare camomile tea and drink it half an hour before going to bed, that way you can treat sleeplessness efficiently.

 

Camomile For Dark Circles

There is a simple treatment for dark circles and eye fatigue. Prepare camomile tea, and use the tea bags once they cool on room temperature.

 

Daily Intake Of Camomile

Camomile is available is capsules, tinctures, teas, liquid extracts, and topical creams and it may be used internally and externally.

In fact, there is no standard dose of camomile, especially because the most common usage of camomile is in the form of the tea. Most of the people drink one to four cups a day.  When one is using capsules, it is recommended between 400 milligrams to 1.600 milligrams.

 

Side Effects Of Camomile

Use camomile with caution if you are driving or operating machinery, due to its ability to cause drowsiness. High doses of camomile can cause vomiting or some skin reactions. It is not recommended to use camomile during pregnancy.

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