Chamomile tea has been used since ancient times for the various ailments that the herb is said to treat. The early Egyptians were the first ones who believed that chamomile could cure diseases. Today, it is still being used as an herbal treatment for such ailments as diarrhea, stomach pain, headaches, sleeping disorders, and even diabetes. Chamomile has also been used to relieve upset stomachs and has had positive effects for menstrual cramps.
Chamomile is an herb that can be taken either in the form of a tea or in capsules.
Chamomile tea has a number of health benefits, such as promoting better digestion and lower cholesterol levels. What’s interesting about chamomile, though, is that it contains different types of essential oils that when combined are supposed to give more health benefits than the individual parts on their own.
It has been found that chamomile oil when used for digestive upset can be very helpful in promoting digestive system functions. This is why German chamomile extract should be used when you want to remedy your body’s condition. When is best to take chamomile oil? For this, it is best to take it at least three hours before or after a meal, or when you feel that your stomach is becoming irritated.
Matricaria chamomile is commonly considered the most versatile medicinal plant. Appreciated since ancient times, it can be useful in the most diverse health problems. As you rightly suppose, however, the simple infusion of chamomile is not always enough.
Chamomile-based preparations have a very different set of active ingredients. In the infusion of chamomile, hot water releases only the water-soluble components; the alcoholic extract, on the other hand, contains only the substances soluble in alcohol: this results in different characteristics. Only 30% of the chamomile essence is soluble in water; this percentage includes flavonoids, whose spasmolytic action explains the beneficial effect of the infusion of chamomile in gastro-intestinal disorders.
The infusion of chamomile is instead devoid of those anti-inflammatory characteristics that would be desirable, especially in the case of external use, in the form of compresses, baths and mouthwashes. The active ingredients responsible for the anti-inflammatory action, chamazulene and bisabolol, are in fact present only in the alcoholic extract.
There is a chamomile extract on the market, produced with both water and an alcohol base, which therefore contains the entire spectrum of active ingredients. This extract is the ideal solution for the treatment of lesions or skin irritations, for sitz baths in case of hemorrhoids or anal itching, or for brushing lesions of the oral cavity.
What is the allergenic potential of chamomile?
The allergenic potential of this plant of the Asteraceae family (Composite) is limited. Those affected are mainly those who already suffer from allergies (to pollen, certain foods or aromatic herbs).
Furthermore, the “Manzana” variety has been cultivated for some time which, thanks to a targeted selection of seeds, no longer contains the substance considered responsible for allergies. Finally, the chamomile solution is filtered after extraction to eliminate any potentially allergenic pollen residues, as occurs with most plants.
I am thrilled with chamomile tea, which is good for me in many circumstances. In your opinion, is the infusion of this plant always sufficient, for internal or external use, in the ailments for which it is indicated?
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