Chamomile is an herb that people have used for centuries. People in the United States probably know it as tea to calm an upset stomach or to help with sleep. Two types of chamomile are used for good health: German chamomile (Matricaria retutica) and Roman (or English) chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
Chamomile, meaning ‘ground apple,’ has been imbibed for centuries in the Roman Empire, during Egyptian rule, and in ancient Greece. Prized for its special flavanoids, chrysin, chamomile offers numerous health-boosting benefits.
Chamomile, also known as ‘Babune ka Phal’ in Hindi, is renowned for its medicinal properties and beauty benefits. It is basically a herb that originates from a blooming plant in the daisy gang. Native to Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, this beautiful flower blossoms during early summers.
Chamomile tea, a derivative this chamomile flower, is golden in color and has a delectable, fruity flavor. This scrumptious herbal remedy eases various heath-related concerns such as intestinal and stomach disorders, anxiety, insomnia, mouth ulcers, and much more.
Chamomile is sometimes called an “herbal aspirin” since it’s been a popular home remedy for lowering pain for centuries. Chamomile flowers are used alone or in combination with other anti–inflammatory foods to reduce pain, congestion, swelling and redness.
Here are some of the amazing chamomile tea benefits for skin, hair, and health.
Chamomile tea may offer similar anti-inflammatory benefits to some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, according to a cell culture study published in the November 2009 issue of the journal “Life Science.” Chamomile inhibited release of inflammatory prostaglandin molecules from white blood cells in a manner similar to that of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2, or COX-2, one of the inflammatory enzymes targeted by NSAIDS. Researchers concluded that drinking chamomile tea may help prevent inflammatory conditions. In a study published in the September 2011 issue of the journal “Medicina Oral, Patologia Oral, y Cirugia Bucal,” chamomile helped heal mouth sores in laboratory animals. Chamomile decreased inflammation, promoted regrowth of tissue around the wounds and increased production of collagen protein.
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Herbalists recommend drinking 1 to 3 cups per day of chamomile tea as a remedy for anxiety and depression, according to CoxHealth. A study published in the September 2012 issue of the journal “Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine” found that chamomile supplementation successfully alleviated depression. In the study, participants who took standardized supplements containing 220 milligrams of chamomile extract showed significant improvements in mood as measured on a depression rating scale. Chamomile relieved symptoms of anxiety in a study published in the August 2009 issue of the “Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.” Participants took chamomile extract daily for eight weeks. Results showed up to 50 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms. Researchers concluded that chamomile may be useful for management of mild to moderate anxiety disorders.
Chamomile is used in herbal medicine to treat a variety of digestive conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea and colic, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A study published in the 2006 issue of the journal “Arzneimittel Forschung” found that a combination of chamomile and apple pectin significantly decreased the duration of diarrhea in children aged 6 months to 6 years.
An herbal combination consisting of ginseng, cranberry, green tea, grape skin and seed, reishi mushroom and chamomile inhibited an aggressive form of prostate cancer in a laboratory animal study published in the October 2009 issue of the journal “Anticancer Research.” Each of the herbs has been shown to have anticancer benefits individually, note researchers. Together they showed significant inhibition of tumor growth and invasion of surrounding tissues. The combination was also safe, with few adverse side effects. Apigenin, one of the active constituents in chamomile, may help prevent some forms of gastrointestinal cancer, according to a study published in the November 2012 issue of the journal “Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.” Apigenin, which is formed in the digestive tract from an inactive precursor, inhibits cancer cell growth and blood supply to cancerous tumors.
The herbal tea act as excellent natural skin bleach. It lightens your complexion and gives a healthy glow naturally. It tightens your pores, soften your skin and when used consistently over two to three week period, will fade spots and acne scars.
Here’s how to use this: Boil three tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers with 1 cup of water for about 8-10 minutes. After straining the mixture, add one tablespoon of honey and rose water to the mixture. Now apply on face and neck area and keep for about 15 minutes and later rinse thoroughly with fresh water.
TREAT DARK CIRCLES
Another very important advantage of chamomile tea is that its tea bags can be used to treat dark circles under eyes. Chamomile helps to lighten the dark circles under eyes and give relief from eye puffiness.
Here’s how to use this: Dip chamomile tea bag for 5 minutes and then cool it for some time before keeping under eyes so that it can be tolerable by your eyes. Keep for 5 minutes and then wash eyes thoroughly with fresh water.
This helps to remove the entire dead and dry skin cell giving a beautiful glow on the skin. And as once applied on skin it leaves skin with soothing feeling.
Here’s how to use this: When mixed and blended with milk, chamomile tea provides a very good body and facial scrub. In another method, the contents of tea bag can be mixed with sugar and olive oil to make good scrub. Apply this scrub gently on face and massage it. Rinse your skin with cold water and pat dry.
This magic potion is a powerhouse of antioxidants that help you fight acne and breakouts. While drinking chamomile tea helps control acne formation, applying it topically works great in healing acne and pimples. It also works wonders to eliminate acne scars.
Here’s how to use this: Saturate a clean washcloth in organic tea, wring it out slightly, and apply the compress to the affected area, allowing it to stay in contact with the skin for 15 minutes.
Chamomile tea hair rinse will help fight dandruff, sooth scalp irritation and nourish your hair, but it can also add beautiful shine and golden glow to otherwise dull looking locks.
Here’s how to use this: Chamomile tea can be applied on your hair as a final hair rinse (make sure that the tea isn’t hot, wait for it to cool down before applying to your hair, the temperature should be comfortable to touch) or it can be added to various hair masks and homemade hair treatments.
Chamomile tea is a wonderful hair lightener. If combined with henna, it makes natural highlights for dark hair as well!
Here’s how to use this: stuck a big bowl of water with three tea bags in the microwave to heat it up. Then let your tea cool for a few hours. Wash your hair with shampoo or baking soda or whatever you want to use. Just make sure you get it nice and clean. Don’t condition! The chamomile will do this for you. pour the chamomile mixture on hair in the shower with a cup and repeat for a few minutes. Let it sit and don’t wash off. Keep it overnight and wash it the next morning.
Chamomile tea can make your hair shiny and soft. With regular usage, it can definitely add a subtle sheen to it and make your hair look very healthy.
Here’s how to use this: brew chamomile tea and add some yogurt to it. Apply it on hair and let it sit for 2 hours. shampoo as usual.