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7 Chamomile Health Benefits

Medical Daily logo Medical Daily 13/6/2019 Seema Prasad

Chamomile is an ancient herbal medicine that is popularly known as an organic ingredient able to cleanse diarrhea, relieve nausea and vomiting, as well as heartburn. Romans used the herb to fight diseases and prolong life. The habit has been passed down generations and caught on with people around the world.

It can be consumed either in supplement form or by infusing dried chamomile flowers with hot water to make tea and benefit from its high antioxidant content. Chamomile essential oils are also available for skin maintenance and can be turned into vapor form, too. The dosage of chamomile has never been standardized, anywhere between 220 milligrams and 1600 milligrams capsules on one day has been used by researchers in the past, without seeing any side effects. 

One to four cups of chamomile can be drunk in a single day.  However, if you are on other medication such as blood thinners and painkillers, it is safer to consult a doctor first. Before going down that road, here are seven important reasons why you should include chamomile in some form either in your diet or as part of your recovery to good health:

Relieves Pain

A study published in Neurological Science journal in 2018 by Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran explored the possibility of traditional chamomile oil in relieving migraines. A hundred people were enrolled in the study, and 72 completed it. It showed that pain, vomiting and nausea decreased by using chamomile oleogel significantly after 30 minutes.  

In Mexico, chamomile tea is given to women who come out of labor in order to relax their abdominal muscles.

Protects Skin

Research says that chamomile oil as a lotion can treat eczema as good as hydrocortisones, and it also relieves skin irritation and helps heal wounds faster. Dark spots, fine lines, rashes, chickenpox scars and dandruff are also reduced with the help of chamomile lotion. This is largely due to its high anti-inflammatory content.  

Anticancer Effects

A particular antioxidant, apigenin, is present in chamomile and it has biactive properties that help reduce various cancers, be it prostate or ovarian cancer. In one study published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, it was found that chamomile extracts could reduce the growth of specific cancer cells that lead to prostate cancer.  

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Good for Teeth

Rinsing the mouth with chamomile after cancer treatment received for mouth cancer can heal the sores faster. It also helps heal wounds in the mouth and toothaches, as well. Antibacterial properties fight any development of bacteria inside the mouth. A study found in the Journal of Oral Science said that mouthwash with 1 percent of chamomile extract reduced bleeding in people who suffered from gingivitis

Cardiovascular health

Flavonoids are the particular antioxidant known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and, thankfully, they are present in chamomile because they are especially beneficial to the older male population. One study of 805 men between 65 and 84 years of age were given different intakes of foods rich in flavonoids. Their mortality was directly proportional to their high flavonoid intake.

Gut health

Gastrointestinal health problems such as diarrhea, vomiting and nauseous feelings can be cured by drinking chamomile tea. It can also help children with colic. Constipation, stomach cramps and leaky gut can also be relieved by drinking chamomile tea.  

Depression and Anxiety

Another type of chamomile is in vapor form, which is produced by heating chamomile oil. This is considered a natural home remedy for depression and anxiety. It is the reason behind why it is an important ingredient in scented candles and bathing products. The vapor reduces anxiety by acting like a slow sedative as it turns off the body’s stress response by traveling through the olfactory channels.

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