A cup of warm chamomile tea helps to relax, but this plant has many other properties. Here’s how to use it for maximum benefit.
The chamomile plant belongs to the family Asteraceae, well known since ancient times for its calming properties. Grandmas has always been using it to cure many diseases, especially when you do not feel well. Let’s find out together all the properties of this plant.
Chamomile tea, properties and benefits
Chamomile has a mild sedative effect on the nervous system, but it also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in flavonoids that relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract and uterus.
For this reason, you can use it if you suffer from colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps and muscle spasms. Also, its relaxing effect helps relieving anxiety and stress and promotes a good night of sleep.
For what concerns its anti-inflammatory actions, chamomile is used to calm problems such as sciatica, trigeminal pains and stiff neck. Moreover, this plant has strong soothing and decongestant powers and can be used for any type of irritation.
This plant also helps digestion and promotes the expulsion of intestinal gas, freeing us from the annoying swelling. Finally, according to recent studies, this plant can be very useful for those who suffer from diabetes. It has a hypoglycemic effect, reducing the level of blood sugar.
Consuming this substance in pregnancy is not contraindicated: its relaxing power helps the mom-to-be to rest better. Moreover, chamomile can relieve the annoying morning sickness. Infants can also drink it: diluted in water, it relaxes the baby and decreases colic cramps and gas, especially in the first months of life.
How to use chamomile
Chamomile infusions are great because they combine their calming properties with the benefits of a hot drink. To prepare it, leave the dried flower to infuse for 5 minutes in boiling water and then filter it. You can drink it in case of stomach or bowel disorders, but also simply to relieve stress.
This plant is also effective for external use. Its compresses are perfect to relieve eye inflammations, such as conjunctivitis. Chamomile-based creams have a strong, soothing power, excellent for burns and minor wounds. If you have a gum inflammation, you can use some lukewarm infuse to gargle.
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ultimo aggiornamento: 17-01-2019