Chamomile tea has a reputation as being beneficial for the body. But does this herbal tea really deserve all the hype? This article will give you an overview of this perfect herbal tea.
The word Chamomile was originated from the Greek word chamaimēlon, which means “ground apple” in English. Its medicinal history dates back to the periods of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians who prepared it in the infusion form, hence the name “tea”, despite not having Camellia sinensis tea leaves. Because of this, chamomile tea is also considered as a tisane.
The Ancient Romans used chamomile to create flavor drinks, medicinal herb, and even incense. In Spain, chamomile flower is known as “Manzanilla,” which like chamaimēlon, also translate to “little apple.” It was popularly used to add flavor to a light sherry that also goes by the same name. The Norsemen used it to wash their hair. It was believed to make hair shinier.
During the Medieval times, chamomile petals were scattered at gatherings as it brings good odors. According to monks discovered, there is a double-headed chamomile flower in every 10,000 chamomile plants. These double-headed plants had a milder flavor, even though the seeds were sterile, they were refined to use as a medicinal herb and as a tisane.
Did you know that what’s today known as Roman Chamomile wasn’t really cultivated by the Romans? In fact, it was discovered in the Coliseum growing wildly by an English Botanist. He brought the chamomile back with him to England where it has become one of the main types of chamomile now cultivated in the country. Similarly, Chamomile isn’t also native to the Americas but was brought and cultivated by colonists. Eventually, chamomile seeds spread and grew wild in different parts of the world.
What you have to know about chamomile is that it contains great amounts of magnesium and calcium. Calcium is used in many health conditions, one of its uses its ability to help prevent muscle cramps. Magnesium, on the other hand, is known to be a stress reliever, which definitely is something many people can take advantage of these days. Together with a high amount of these essential minerals, chamomile also contains good amounts of phosphorus, potassium, as well as manganese. Iron, zinc, and selenium are also found in chamomile. All things considered, this is a great herbal tea that ideal for regular consumption.
By now, you should have an idea of how you can use chamomile tea for your benefits, but what can it really do for you?
Chamomile tea has a lot of health benefits! Chamomile is antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antioxidant. It eases stomach ache, colds, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, back pain, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, toothaches, sinus infections, insomnia, and a lot more!
Chamomile tea has a high level of quertin, which is a phytochemical that adds color to vegetables and fruits. It combats damage produced by free radicals. Glycine, which is an amino acid of chamomile, maintains a good nervous system.
With a dash of lemongrass, chamomile tea could easily calm the nerves and relieve stress and tension. Because chamomile tea doesn’t contain caffeine, unlike most teas, drinking it is also a great way to beat insomnia.
Chamomile is also known to be the “go to” herbs for those who suffer from digestive disorders like ulcers, upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea. It relaxes muscle contractions, mainly in the smooth muscles in the intestines. In a Swiss journal study, it is said that the herbal blend of chamomile, peppermint, and iberis were revealed to be effective in treating stomach indigestion, inflammation, and irritation.
Chamomile is used to speed the recovery time of wounds, lessens the production of fine lines and wrinkles, makes skin tone brighter, soothes burns and skin irritations, reduces under eyes dark circles, puffiness, and swelling, and keeps it hydrated.
It contains very effective healing, antioxidant, and purifying properties that are proven to help reduce the production of acne and acne scar.
Chamomile is normally used as an ingredient for treating blond hair [Brunettes should use rosemary. ed]. Rinsing your hair with chamomile can make it brighter and lighter. With continuous use, you can add golden highlights to darker hair. That’s why it’s no surprise how many shampoos on the market today add this as one of their main ingredients. On top of making your hair prettier, it also strengthens it and repairs split ends. It also helps to keep a balance between oily and dry scalp.
Aside from being delicious, there are many other reasons as to why many people chose to drink this herbal tea. And now, you know what those reasons are. However, if you happen to have a strong allergy reaction to plants like ragweed or daisies, you must start with a small amount of chamomile of any form. Even though the side effects are almost nonexistent, it’s still smart to consult with a health expert before using chamomile tea as a health supplement.
David is a blogger at HealthisKing. He has a passion for living healthy through all natural means possible to get the maximum out of his body and teach others along the way.