The healing properties of chamomile tea have been known since antiquity. The egyptians used to give chamomile as offerings to the Sun, and they worshiped it more than any plant due to its medicinal qualities.
Chamomile flowers are the most valuable parts from this plant, and they should be collected immediately after they open up because that is the specific time it contains the higher amount of active ingredients.
The flowers are rich in minerals (calcium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, silicon, manganese, copper), essential vitamins (B1 and C), sugars, organic acids and essential oil – a chimical compound highly effective in skin problems.
Chamomile has a soothing, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, analgesic and emollient effect. Due to its high content of mucilage (which soothes irritations of the gastric mucosa), the chamomile is known for its effectiveness in digestive disorders ( abdominal pain, indigestion, inflammation of digestive tract, gastritis, spasms etc.), and for menstrual pain as well.
The easy action of chamomile tea, makes this medicine to be easily administered to children, chamomile infusion combined with other herbs being used in calming colic in infants.
The chamomile tea is used for both internal use and for external use.
The main properties of chamomile tea:
For internal use:
- Chamomile infusion helps fight nervous agitation, insomnia and nightmares;
- It is useful for teeth inflammation and irritation;
- Has soothing properties and therefore, it is effective in headache, psychosomatic pain, menstrual cramps and other types of cramps and spasms;
- Relieves the symptoms of flu, allergic rhinitis or asthma;
- Effective for abdominal pain,indigestion, digestive tract inflammation, gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, flatulence and bloating;
- Chamomile in combination with other plants can soothe colic pain in infants;
For external use:
- Skin rashes or eczema;
- Irritation of the genitals and cutaneous hypersensitivity;
- Inhalations with chamomile tea soothes the inflamed mucous membranes of the respiratory tract;
- It treats hemorrhoids;
- The gargle with chamomile tea can soothe aphthae pain;
- It prevents mucositis caused by radiotherapy and chemotherapy;
- Soothes tired eyes and allergies;
For cosmetic use:
- Chamomile tea infusions has a healing effect;
- It gives shine to brown and blond hair;
- Has anti-inflammatory, soothing and emollient properties, being indicated for very sensitive skin;
Chamomile tea – how to prepare:
- For internal use in treating spasms and inflammation of the digestive tract, gastroenteritis, nervous agitation or flu – infuse a tablespoon of chamomile flowers in 150 ml of hot water for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day before meals.
- for poultices or gargle – infuse 3-10 g of dried flowers in 100 ml of hot water and let it cool.
- For sitz bath – use a infusion of 5 grams of chamomile flowers in one liter of hot water.
- For inhalation (for airways inflammation) – infuse 3 grams of flowers in 150 ml of hot water for 5-10 minutes, then inhale the vapors as long as the infusion is still hot.
- Chamomile tea is contraindicated to people sensitive or allergic to plants from Asteraceae family (daisy, arnica, yarrow, chrysanthemum).
- Chamomile should not be administered during pregnancy; risk affecting the fetus.
- The tea it is also not recommended during lactation.
- Do not use the herb if you suffer from asthma or if you have a history of allergy to plants such as marigold and arnica, because chamomile-based products can also cause side effects.