Many people swear by Chamomile Tea for various health reasons, so I decided to try it for the sake of a better nights sleep. It has worked pretty well for me so far, having a cup of Chamomile Tea before hitting the sack. It makes me feel a bit drowsy and helps me to fall asleep a little faster. I have found that it also helps to keep me asleep.
What on Earth is Chamomile?
Chamomile is an herb actually.
It comes off of a flowering plant that is part of the daisy family. Chamomile flowers have been used in both the fresh variation and the dried variety to cure a number of health problems for hundreds of years. The ingredient that makes Chamomile special is called bisabolol, which has a number of anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties.
What is Chamomile Used For?
Chamomile can be used topically or orally to treat a number of everyday ailments, such as:
- Insomnia and other sleep problems
- Panic Attacks
- Muscle twitches
- Wounds, burns, and scrapes
- Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash
- Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers
- Reduces dark circles underneath the eyes
- Lightens the skin
- Helps for migraine headaches
- Helps irritable bowl syndrome
- Wet tea bags can be used on pets eye and skin infections
Does The Use of Chamomile Have Any Side Effects?
Just like most herbal products, use in moderation.
It can cause drowsiness, so only drink at night.
High doses of chamomile can cause vomiting.
If you are allergic to pollen you may want to find another alternative.
Can cause skin reactions in some people, even though it is said to help skin problems.
If you are pregnant, or on blood thinning medication,do not use Chamomile as it contains a substance called coumarin, which does thin the blood. It also contains abortifacient, which is a substance than can induce a miscarriage.
How to Buy Chamomile
Chamomile can be bought as dried flower heads, an infusion (tea), liquid extract, essential oil, tinctures (concentrated in alcohol), and in creams and ointments. Tea bags are the most common form and can be found at many mainstream grocery stores and pharmacies.
Feel free to leave any comments on experiences you may have had with Chamomile Tea, and also any benefits of Chamomile Tea that you may have experienced for yourself.