Chamomile used to treat anxiety and insomnia
Chamomile has long been used as sedative to counter anxiety and to promote sleepiness even in ancient times. Modern day clinical studies have confirmed this health benefit from Chamomile in a randomized clinical sampling done to treat anxiety in people. The study showed that people who take chamomile capsules has reduced symptoms of anxiety as compared to those who took placebo. In a study done on rats, higher doses of chamomile extract have been found to induce sleep.
Chamomile as anti-allergy
Another known health benefit from chamomile is its anti-allergy action. In a clinical study done on mice that are subjected to itch-scratch compound showed that the mice that were administered with German chamomile showed less symptoms as compared with those that weren’t given chamomile
Chamomile to treat digestive problems
Chamomile is traditionally used to treat digestive related problems including irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, colic, diarrhea, and gas. Chamomile acts as a relaxant for the stomach muscles including the smooth intestines. Chamomile is usually used in combination with other herbs.
Chamomile as anti-microbial
Chamomile extract are also used as ingredient for ointments, creams, and gels that are used to treat skin irritations. Chamomile is believed to have anti-microbial and anti-bacterial action that is good for treating wounds, eczema, burns, diaper rash bed sores and hemorrhoids.
Chamomile as anti-inflammatory
Chamomile is also known to have anti-inflammatory action. In a study conducted on 14 people who were given chamomile tea. Test results of urine sample indicated an increased secretion of hippurate and glycine that is known to be anti-inflammatory substances.
Other folkloric health benefits from Chamomile
- Taken as tea for lumbago and rheumatic problems
- Chamomile vapors are inhaled to treat colds and asthma attacks.
- Chamomile tea taken to relieve morning sickness such as in pregnancy,
- Chamomile is believed to aid digestion if taken after meals.
- Chamomile extract applied topically aids and speeds up healing of wounds, burns and skin sores,
- Soothes itchiness and inflammation including eczema, skin rashes and sunburns,
- Cold compress of chamomile extract are used to soothe eye inflammation and irritation.
- Chamomile tea or chamomile extract mixed in warm baths relieves restlessness, promotes relaxation and induce sleepiness for people suffering from insomnia.
- Chamomile tea is taken to facilitate bowel movement,
- Chamomile tea is used as gargle to treat moth sores and gingivitis
- Taking chamomile tea is believed to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus thereby easing discomfort associated with menstruation.