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Herb of the Month: Chamomile and it’s Top Five Health Benefits

Chamomile, with its delicate white petals and sweet fragrance, has been treasured for its medicinal properties for centuries. This humble herb, often enjoyed as a soothing cup of tea, offers a range of health benefits that can improve your overall well-being. In this article, we'll explore the top 5 benefits of using chamomile and common ways to incorporate it into your daily routine,

  • Stress and Anxiety Relief:

  • Chamomile is renowned for its calming effects on the mind and body. It contains compounds like apigenin that bind to certain receptors in the brain, reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation. Whether you prefer chamomile tea or essential oil, incorporating this herb into your routine can help ease stress and anxiety.

  • Improved Sleep Quality:

  • Chamomile tea is a natural sleep aid that can help you drift into a peaceful slumber. Its mild sedative properties relax the nervous system, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. To wind down, drink the tea two hours before bed, one hour before bed, and at bedtime and drift off to sleep more easily. A chamomile tincture can also be used this way under the tongue, hold for a minute or so, and then swallow.

  • Digestive Support:

  • Chamomile has been used for centuries to alleviate digestive discomfort. It can help soothe an upset stomach, reduce bloating, and relieve symptoms of indigestion. Enjoying a cup of chamomile tea after a meal may promote better digestion.

  • Skin Health:

  • Chamomile's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties make it a valuable addition to your skincare routine. It can help soothe irritated skin, reduce redness, and promote a healthy complexion. Applying chamomile-infused products or using a chamomile steam treatment can benefit your skin.

  • Menstrual Pain Relief:

  • For those experiencing menstrual cramps, chamomile tea may offer some relief. Its muscle-relaxing properties can ease uterine contractions and reduce the severity of menstrual pain. Sipping chamomile tea during your period can help alleviate discomfort.

Common Ways to Use Chamomile:

Chamomile can be enjoyed in various forms to reap its health benefits:

  • Chamomile Tea: Brewing a cup of chamomile tea is the most popular way to enjoy its soothing properties. The teabags sold at the supermarket though,  may not be potent enough to really reduce anxiety or promote sleep. Check with a local herbalist, health food store or a trusted health and wellness professional for amounts that will bring you the results you are seeking. . Steep chamomile tea bags or loose chamomile flowers in hot water for 5-10 minutes, and drink up.

  • Essential Oil: Chamomile essential oil can be diluted with a carrier oil and used for aromatherapy, massage, or added to bathwater for relaxation.

  • Topical Applications: Chamomile-infused creams, lotions, and ointments can be applied directly to the skin to soothe irritation and promote skin health.

  • While it's not commonly used sublingually (under the tongue), you can certainly try it if you prefer that method. You can purchase a tincture from an herbalist or health food store. Alternatively, you can make a concentrated chamomile extract by steeping chamomile flowers in a small amount of warm water for an extended period, like 4 or more hours. Then, you can place a few drops of this concentrated liquid under your tongue and hold it there for a minute or so before swallowing. This may allow for faster absorption of some of the beneficial compounds in chamomile, and is especially useful to quickly reduce anxiety.

In conclusion, chamomile is a versatile herb with numerous health benefits, including stress reduction, improved sleep, digestive support, skincare benefits, and menstrual pain relief. Whether you prefer chamomile tea, essential oil, tincture, or topical applications, incorporating this herbal remedy into your daily routine can have a positive impact on your well-being. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before using chamomile as a treatment for specific health conditions, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any pharmaceutical drugs.


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