There are many different species of Chamomile, a daisy-like plant, the most common species being Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. Chamomile has been used for hundreds of years for its calming and anti-inflammatory benefits. It is most commonly known for its use in teas, mainly to promote restful sleep. Chamomile is also beneficial for stomach ailments and the relief of illness symptoms, such as fever, headache, coughing. It can be used internally or externally.
Here are some ways that Chamomile can provide wonderful health benefits and why it should be added to your “natural solutions” medicine cabinet:
- Can be added to coconut oil to create a salve for hemorrhoid relief and wound care.
- Add 2 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil to a cup of Chamomile tea to relieve restlessness and insomnia, and also to calm colicky/teething babies. Chamomile has mild sedative and muscle-relaxing effects.
- Chamomile tea can relieve allergy symptoms, specifically itching. It is a natural antihistamine. Also, gently applying Roman Chamomile essential oil to affected areas of skin when having an allergic reaction, such as to poison ivy, could provide relief.
- Make a compress for wounds and bruises using the Chamomile flower soaked in tea and a washcloth. Lay wet flowers on affected area and cover with the warm, tea-soaked cloth.
- Chamomile may relieve stress and anxiety. It may also provide antidepressant activity. People struggling with this type issues are encouraged to drink Chamomile tea regularly and use the essential oil often.
- Due to Chamomile’s antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, it can be beneficial for relaxing the muscles lining the digestive system. This allows for ease of symptoms (nausea, heartburn, gas) related to diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn’s Disease.
- Treat eye inflammation and infections by placing a cooled Chamomile tea bag over affected eye while resting.
- Chamomile may also reduce to discomfort of menstrual cramps. Drinking tea and soaking in a warm Chamomile tea bath can provide relief.
I would love to hear how my readers use Chamomile. Do you drink the tea not because of health benefits, but simply because you like the taste? Do you grow your own Chamomile? Do you use Roman Chamomile essential oil?