The herb, Chamomile belongs to the daisy family and has been used to make teas for hundreds of years. Dried and fresh chamomile flowers alike are used in the creation of the beverage, known for its panoply of medicinal uses. Chamomile has been known to help those suffering from severe anxiety, uncontrollable muscle spasms, insomnia, as well as a wide range of stomach problems, from ulcers and menstrual cramps to the flu.
The active ingredient in chamomile associated with all of it’s positive, holistic effects is an essential oil called ‘bisabolol’ which has numerous anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Regarding gastrointestinal issues, chamomile tea’s inherent anti-inflammatory elements have proved more than helpful. If one is suffering from an onset of unpleasant stomach issues or cramps, you can easily treat the condition by drinking only two cups of tea a day until the said symptoms have subsided. It functions by soothing and relaxing intestinal lining, and has been heralded as an effective home remedy for irritable bowel syndrome in addition to other complications due to a number of digestive issues. Furthermore, the antibacterial effects of consuming chamomile tea are undeniable. Those in the know often drink the beverage in order to treat the common cold and other illnesses brought on by bacterial infections.
Another interesting medicinal use of chamomile is the treatment of muscle spasms and ticks. Scientists believe that chamomile tea increases glycerin levels in urine, a compound that has been found to alleviate muscle spasms and menstrual cramps. As previously noted, people battling insomnia and other sleep-related issues may find great relief in drinking chamomile tea. This is because it soothes the central nervous system, thus helping one’s body relax into longer, deeper, rejuvenating sleep. Yet another positive effect of chamomile tea is how it helps with diabetes. Research has demonstrated the tea effects key enzymes related to the disorder. Others have noted how it has soothed the symptoms of people with hyperglycemia.
Additionally, chamomile tea was previously used by the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians as a balm for treating injuries, and to speed up the healing process. This was further vindicated after a study occurred, in which researchers gave rodents chamomile infused water. As it turned out, the rats given the drink healed at an increased rate, while the rats who weren’t maintained injuries for longer periods of time. Overall, drinking chamomile tea can’t hurt, it can only help.