Chamomile is one of the oldest medicinal herbs known to mankind. There are two common varieties: German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile, both of which are native to certain parts of Europe. Numerous products are made from the essential oil of chamomile flowers, which you can use in the form of oils or creams, eat in the form of herbs and teas, and also inhale. You can also find Chamomile in capsule form as a supplement. There are many health benefits of Chamomile.
The most common form of chamomile is tea, which is made from the dried flowers of the chamomile plant. It’s so common that more than a million people drink chamomile tea, often in the evenings before bed.
Composition of Chamomile:
Long list of health benefits of Chamomile comes from the more than 120 chemical constituents it contains, which include:
- 28 terpenoids
- 36 flavanoids
- 52 additional compounds
Many of these compounds are pharmacologically active, meaning they contain ingredients that are actively effective in treating a concern, much like the main ingredient in a medication. For example, α-bisabolol and cyclic ethers are antimicrobial, meaning they can fight against microbes like bacteria, while chamazulene and α-bisabolol are antiseptic, which means they can prevent the growth of microorganisms or help destroy them.
Health Benefits of Chamomile:
1.Promotes Sound Sleep:
Chamomile is one of the most widely used alternative therapies for promoting sleep and treating insomnia. Chamomile’s restful properties don’t work like a pharmaceutical drug. That is, they don’t force you to sleep. Rather, they help to relieve your physical and emotional tension, allowing you to drift off to sleep naturally. Aiding sleep is one of the most important health benefits of Chamomile.
A 2017 study of 77 older people in nursing homes found a significant improvement in sleep quality when participants were given 400-milligram capsules of chamomile twice a day for four weeks, compared to those who didn’t receive any treatment. Similarly, when researchers in a 2016 study randomized 40 women who had just given birth to drinking one cup of chamomile tea a day for two weeks, they scored significantly lower compared to a control group that didn’t drink the tea when it came to both sleep problems and symptoms of depression. (Other foods to promote sleep?)
2.Anxiety and seizure:
Research has shown chamomile to have meaningful benefits when it comes to reducing anxiety. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, which rates the effectiveness of natural remedies based on scientific evidence, says chamomile is possibly effective for anxiety. Chamomile is used in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The recent results from the controlled clinical trial on chamomile extract for GAD suggests that it may have modest anxiolytic activity in patients with mild to moderate GAD. Check here. There is also some limited evidence to support its use in the treatment of ADHD.
Study indicates that the extracts of chamomile (M. recutita) possess suitable effects on seizure induced by picrotoxin, although more experiments are needed in this field. (Causes & remedies for Seizure?)
Chamomile acts as a natural pain reliever as it eases minor pains and aches in the body. It can also provide relief from any tension or inflammation present in the body.
Another important health benefits of chamomile is that it improves digestion. It is also very effective in soothing and healing stomach ulcers. Chamomile helps to calm overactive sensations and cramping in the bowels and promote better digestion, relieve constipation and help with gas pain and vomiting.
An animal study from 2014 showed that chamomile extracts have strong antidiarrheal and antioxidant properties when given to rats in a dose-dependent manner against castor oil-induced diarrhea and intestinal fluid accumulation.
Chamomile, as a rich source of phenolic compounds and terpenoids, seems to be an effective approach in the management of chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus. A study was conducted to evaluate evidence from animal and human studies of the effects of chamomile on metabolic risk markers and complications of diabetes mellitus. The results of these studies demonstrated a significant effect of chamomile administration on metabolic profiles. Four of the five studies appraising the impact of chamomile on lipid profiles showed that it improved dyslipidemia. Six studies showed that chamomile markedly decreased oxidative stress particularly malondialdehyde. (How some foods can help to manage diabetes in kids?)
Topically applied chamomile may be able to speed wound healing. Studies show that substances in chamomile can kill viruses and bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, the cause of staph infections, reduce inflammation, and prevent and treat the growth of ulcers.
One preliminary study that compared chamomile and corticosteroids for treating ulcers in test tubes and animals concluded that chamomile promotes faster wound healing: Animals treated with chamomile exhibited complete wound healing nine days before animals treated with corticosteroids. Another study suggested that antibacterial and wound healing activities of Chamomile nobile ointment were more than tetracycline ointment significantly. (Some home remedies for wounds?)
7.Improves Oral Health:
Some preliminary studies that evaluated the efficacy of chamomile mouthwash found that it significantly reduced gingivitis and plaque in comparison to controls, probably because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities. (How to take care of oral health of kids?)
Chamomile is often used to treat mild skin irritations, including sunburn, rashes, sores, and even eye inflammations, but its value in treating these conditions needs more research.
Topical applications of chamomile have been shown to be moderately effective in the treatment of eczema. In one partially double-blind trial carried out as a half-side comparison, a commercial chamomile cream showed a mild superiority towards a low-dose .5 percent hydrocortisone and a marginal difference compared to the placebo. (How these foods can help in Eczema?)
9. Natural Relief from Allergies:
Another important health benefits of chamomile is that it helps to treat allergies. Chamomile naturally reduces histamine and excess mucous production in the body thereby relieving the symptoms of allergy. It also helps to detoxify the liver which reduces the body’s overreaction to environmental irritants and allergens.
10. Anti Cancer Properties:
Chamomile helps to fight against various types of cancers such as skin, thyroid, breast, ovarian and prostate. According to a study, consuming chamomile tea regularly can reduce the risk of thyroid cancer by 80%. It also helps to prevent and heal mouth sores caused as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Is It Safe For Kids?
Chamomile is a kids friendly herb as it has a pleasant taste and is gentle in nature. Many parents are skeptical about chamomile, but, if given in pure form, it is very beneficial for kids.
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