Chamomile is a flowering plant in the daisy family. It is native to Europe and Asia.
The flowering tops of the chamomile plant are used to make teas, liquid extracts, capsules, or tablets. The herb can also be applied to the skin as a cream or an ointment, or used as a mouth rinse.
Chamomile tea has been regarded as a medicinal cure-all. It had been considered a universal remedy by the ancient Egyptians. Now, researchers in England have found new evidence that the chamomile tea may actually help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds and menstrual cramps.
The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
The chemical apigenin, found in chamomile flowers, helps to calm the central nervous system. This is perhaps chamomile’s biggest claim to fame, as it is commonly recommended as a night-time sleep aid.
The presence of those components appear to contribute to the following chamomile tea benefits:
- boosts the immune system and fight infections associated with colds
- relieves muscle spasms and menstrual cramps in women
- relaxes the nerves
- soothes the stomach
- reduces inflammation
- improves liver function
- helps relieve pain and rheumatism
- is a perfect mouthwash to help kill germs as well as soothe inflamed gums.
The essential oils and flavonoids found in chamomile flowers have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce redness and swelling of the skin, particularly when applied directly to the skin in a cream or compress.
If applied to the skin it can sooth and help to speed the healing of burns (including sunburn), cuts and rashes.
Beneficial in case of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash.
Chamomile has been found to be advantageous for lightening skin tone.
The tea has been found to help relieve eye fatigue and dark circles. A simple remedy is to dip 2 chamomile tea bags in warm water, to remove them after 5 minutes and let them cool to room temperature. Then place them on the eyes as a compress.
The above compress is also a simple and quick natural remedy that bring relief to dry and tired eyes, reduces itching and burning.
So never waste the Chamomile flower tea grounds after drinking!